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Waiting for an Iranian Strike


The Middle East is tensely awaiting Iran's response to the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, which Tehran blames on Israel. The United States, Britain, Russia and other countries are restricting diplomatic movements in Israel and advising their citizens not to travel to the region at this time. Washington has ordered US embassy employees in Israel and their family members to restrict movement within the country.

American embassy employees are prohibited from traveling outside of Tel Aviv (including Herzliya, Netanya and Even Yehuda), Jerusalem and Beersheba. This restriction, as stated on the embassy’s website, is in effect “until further notice.” “American officials warn that with Iran’s response, it’s not a question of if, but only when,” notes BBC Middle East correspondent Hugo Bachega.

The British Foreign Office also announced the “possibility of an attack on Israel by Iran.” The UK has been warning its citizens about the risks of traveling to Israel since last October, when Israel was attacked by Hamas militants. The Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that Russians not travel to Israel, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and this region in general. “We strongly recommend that Russian citizens refrain from traveling to the region, especially to Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, except in cases of extreme necessity,” agencies quote Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova. At the same time, the recommendation does not concern Jordan; a transfer of hostilities from the Gaza Strip to the territory of the kingdom is now unlikely.

Lufthansa has extended the suspension of flights to Tehran until Saturday, April 13. Last Sunday, April 7, Tehran said that now, after the attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria, Israeli embassies cannot be considered a safe place.


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