Counter-terror bureau warns against travel to Bahrain, UAE after Iran slaying

Reports indicate that Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has updated its travel warning for the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, amid concerns that Iran may seek to attack Israelis there as retaliation for the killing of a top Iranian military nuclear scientist, which Tehran blames on Israel.

The travel warnings, which were updated today, say there is a “basic concrete threat” in the countries. This is the third highest advisory issued by the bureau, after “very high concrete threat” and “high concrete threat.”

However, it appears the travel warnings were not updated Sunday and are not linked to fears over possible reprisal attacks. This post has been updated to reflect that.

Israelis are not technically barred from visiting these countries — which only said it would begin allowing Israeli passport holders to enter recently, after normalizing ties with the Jewish state — but are meant to dissuade people from traveling there.

— Judah Ari Gross