Israel warns against travel to Turkey over threat of 'Iran revenge attacks'

Israel warns against travel to Turkey over threat of 'Iran revenge attacks'
Israel has issued a warning against travel to Turkey for its citizens over possible 'threats' by Iran following the assassination of Revolutionary Guards colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodai.
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Iran has blamed Israel for the assassination of the country's Revolutionary Guards Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodai [Getty]

Israel on Monday warned its citizens against travel to Turkey, citing Iranian threats of revenge for the assassination last week of a Revolutionary Guards colonel.

Tehran has blamed Israel for the killing of Hassan Sayyad Khodai, who was shot dead at the wheel of his car by two people on a motorcycle and has vowed retaliation.

Israel's National Security Council said in a statement that Tehran could be looking to harm Israelis in Turkey and classified it as a "high-risk country".

It comes amid heightened tensions following attacks by Israeli activists on Palestinians, including the elderly, in Jerusalem during a provocative far-right march.

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Turkey is a popular tourist destination for Israelis and the two countries have been mending their ties after more than a decade of strained relations.

Israel has accused Khodai of plotting attacks against its citizens worldwide.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office, which oversees intelligence agency Mossad, has declined to comment on the assassination but Bennett said on Sunday that Teheran would "pay the full price" for instigating attacks on Israelis.