(MENAFN) The National Security Council of Israel reduced its travel advisory for Istanbul from the highest possible level on Tuesday, after the government said that Iranian assassination plans targeting Israelis in the city had been foiled.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated in a released announcement, “I'd like to thank our security forces along with the Turkish security forces, who over the past months and weeks acted to prevent attacks on Israelis in Istanbul and Turkey.”
On June 13, Israel encouraged its nationals to leave Istanbul immediately due to the "real and immediate danger" posed by Iranian operatives, upgrading the city's travel warning to four on a four-point scale.
A rush of news revealed that Iranian spies had set up shop to target Israeli visitors, and that Turkey had detained those engaged in the plans.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid paid a visit to Ankara on Thursday, congratulating Turkey for its "professional and coordinated activity" in averting the attacks.
Meanwhile, Iran slammed the Israeli claims as "ridiculous," with foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stating they were “part of a pre-designed plot to destroy relations between the two Muslim countries”.
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