Travel warning for Gulf still the same, but fears remain

Reports of a travel warning from the Counter-Terrorism Bureau for the UAE and Bahrain, including in ToI, appear to have been premature.

While the bureau did update its warnings on Sunday, the changes do not appear to affect the UAE and Bahrain or be linked to fears of reprisal for the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The countries remain at the level of “basic concrete threat.”

However, Channel 12 news reports that Israeli officials have “begun to act to protect Israelis” there, without offering details.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi had been slated to visit Bahrain this week and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also reportedly planning a trip, both of which were canceled late last week.

Security has also been stepped up at Israeli diplomatic missions around the world for fear of attack, according to the report.