Russia on Friday advised its citizens against traveling to Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, amid escalating tensions over Israel’s war with Hamas.
“The situation in the Middle East is heating up,” Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said. “The number of victims and injuries is increasing. Mass protests are taking place all over the world.”
“We strongly advise Russian citizens not to travel to the region, especially to Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestinian territories,” the report warned.
Tensions in the region have escalated dramatically since Hamas militants stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7.
Israeli officials say they killed at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians who were shot, maimed or burned to death on the first day of the raid.
Israel says about 1,500 Hamas fighters were killed in fighting before the army regained control of the attacked area.
At least 4,137 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in brutal Israeli bombings in retaliation for attacks by the Palestinian Islamist militant group, according to the latest figures from the Hamas Health Ministry in Gaza.
On Friday, the Israeli army announced plans to evacuate the northern town of Kiryat Shmona on Friday, after days of clashes with Hezbollah fighters along the border with Lebanon.
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