After attack in India IDF attachés abroad warned to take extra caution

IDF (Zahal) Operations Division encourages foreign attachés to remain vigilant, advising a ban on uniforms, taxis and warnings to travel the streets in groups

Date: 15/02/2012, 3:39 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

In response to the attack in India earlier this week, along with the foiled attack in Tbilisi, the IDF (Zahal) has briefed military attachés around the world to take extra precautions and preventative behaviors in the face of repeated warnings of attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide.

The IDF (Zahal)’s Operations Division forwarded the instructions to the military attachés at the completion of a special briefing that took place this week following the attacks. The attachés immediately proceeded to brief all officers serving in their respective countries to take the same actions.

Beyond raising alertness abroad, the Operation’s Division will brief all military officials before they travel abroad on the safety precautions.

Precautions include a prohibition on walking the streets in uniform, banning travel by taxi, and only travelling from hotels in groups in order to prevent abduction or injury to one of the military officials.

At the moment, there are no prohibitions on officers or soldiers travelling to India. The Operation’s Division recently decided to ban soldiers and officers from travelling to Bangkok and Nigeria in light of counter-terrorist warnings issued following the arrest of Hezbollah terrorists operating in the area and suspected of planning attacks against Israeli targets.

The instructions issued by Col. Samuel Kalmi, head of defense in the Operations Department stated, “It is absolutely forbidden for soldiers and officers of the IDF (Zahal) to travel to Bangkok.” The warning also pertains officers and soldiers visiting Nigeria due to “the deep and ongoing unrest within the Muslim communities in Nigeria and in the light of extreme hostility toward the West and Israel.”