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It is getting increasingly unsafe for Israeli travelers in Turkey, with the latest of incidents occurring in Istanbul. 

Dor and Hadas Sitalkol, an Israeli couple who returned from a vacation in Turkey this week, told Israeli media about a frightening scenario they experienced in an Istanbul restaurant. “My wife and I were sitting in a restaurant that was half-empty when two Iranians came in and sat next to us despite the fact that the restaurant was half empty,” Dor said. “They kept on staring at us.”

“They sat very close to us and watched what we were doing. They acted suspiciously – switching from Farsi to English and leaving the restaurant and coming back in again. At a certain point, they asked the waiter where we’re from.”

“We were terrified. It seemed like they were following us. We left the restaurant in the middle of our meal, returned to our hotel, and didn’t leave our room until that night when we drove to the airport for our flight home.”

“People need to understand that this isn’t a joke. There are really Iranians in Turkey who are apparently searching for Israelis. It’s dangerous.”

This report comes on the heels of a recent rescue operation where tourists were brought back home safe after being informed that Iranian assassins were waiting for them at their hotel. Post these incidents, Israel has issued a travel ban of the highest level for Israelis traveling to Turkey.

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