Bulgaria ‘strongly recommends’ its citizens not travel to Jerusalem
Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on October 14 that it was advising the country’s citizens to refrain from trips to Jerusalem, especially in the Old City, and to avoid other tourist destinations in Israel and in the West Bank.
Bulgarians in Israel were advised to avoid travelling by public transport and visiting public places where large crowds gathered, because of potential conflicts and terrorist attacks, the Foreign Ministry said.
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry warning came against a background of a spate of terrorist attacks by Palestinians who have stabbed and shot Israeli civilians and soldiers.
The Foreign Ministry said that Bulgarian nationals residing in Israel should refrain from travelling to Israel border areas where there are tensions, especially along the frontier with Gaza, as well as in the border areas with Syria and Lebanon. There is a potential risk of sporadic rocket or other fire against Israeli territory and already there have been a number of such incidents, the ministry said.
The ministry recommended that Bulgarian citizens travelling to Israel short for compelling reasons register on the website of the Foreign Ministry or provide contact information to the embassy of Bulgaria in Tel Aviv.
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