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Some still flying to Istanbul despite travel warning

Despite the warning for Israelis to leave Istanbul and cancel any plans to go there and to avoid Turkey in general, many are still lining up to fly there.

An Army Radio reporter shows a long line of people waiting to check in to a flight to Istanbul, though some may be transferring through there. According to Israeli authorities, it is still safe for Israelis to have a layover in Istanbul, as long as they stay in the airport.

“It is also dangerous in Israel,” one traveler tells Channel 12 news.

For those who are canceling flights, Tourism Minister Yoel Rozvozov has asked airlines to refund Israelis who are heeding the warning.

The Kan network reports that the warning came about after authorities in Turkey identified suspicious activity from actors who appeared to be planning attacks on Israelis in recent weeks, and passed information to their Israeli counterparts about the danger to Israeli nationals.

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