Israel’s National Security Council has issued a warning to citizens against traveling to India following Tuesday’s explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India. Israel considers yesterday’s explosion a ‘possible terrorist attack’.
Indian news agency PTI reported that Israel has issued a ‘Level 2’ travel warning for its citizens to travel to India. The warning advised Israeli citizens to avoid shopping malls and markets while traveling to India. Apart from this, caution has been urged while going to public places like restaurants, hotels, pubs etc. It has also been asked to avoid crowds.
The directive issued by the Israeli government also states, refrain from publicly displaying Israeli symbols. Also avoid attending unsafe events and sharing real-time travel itinerary on social media.
On Tuesday evening, there was a huge explosion near the Israeli embassy in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave of the Indian capital, New Delhi. However, no embassy staff was injured, Israeli authorities said.
Israel’s foreign ministry said it is cooperating with the Indian government to investigate the cause of the explosion. Meanwhile, Delhi Police said that there was a report of an explosion near the Israeli Embassy in the evening. A police team quickly reached the spot. However, nothing suspicious was found during the search.
Israel also issued a travel warning for its citizens earlier this month. The warning stated that anti-Semitism has increased worldwide in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Be careful when traveling abroad in such circumstances and refrain from displaying anything that reveals Israeli identity.
The Israeli embassy and its staff in New Delhi have also come under attack in the past. In 2021, there was an explosion outside the Israeli embassy and several cars were damaged in the blast. But no one was injured. In addition, in February 2012, the wife of an Israeli embassy security guard was attacked in her car in New Delhi.
Indian security officials said security around the Israeli embassy in New Delhi has been beefed up since fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas on October 7.