Israel’s Bennett says several arrested in Turkey for planned attacks on Israelis

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday said that Turkey had arrested "a number of terrorists" planning attacks on the Israeli nationals in the country in coordination with Israel.

The Israeli official said that a number of terrorist attempts had been thwarted and “numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground,” Israeli i24 News reported.

Israel is "working closely with Turkish officials to thwart the attempts to strike Israelis and Jews," Bennett said.

The Israeli government last week urged citizens to leave Turkey without delay, citing planned attacks by Iranian operatives in Istanbul, the Jerusalem Post reported. The call followed an updated travel warning on Turkey issued in late May, which cited security concerns over a possible Iranian response to the assassination of a senior officer in the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

“The operational efforts with the Turkish security forces have borne fruit,” i24 News cited Bennett as saying in a briefing. “In recent days, in a joint Israeli-Turkish effort, we thwarted a number of terrorist attempts, and numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground.”

Bennett on Monday also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his efforts.

“We are continuing to work together with the goal of bringing the situation in Turkey and Israeli tourism back to normal. We have to finish the counterterrorism operations,” Bennett said.

A leading tourist destinations for Israelis, Turkey hosted more than 507,000 Israeli tourists in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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