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Australians Urged To Avoid Israel, Leave If Worried

Australia on Friday urged its citizens to leave Israel if they felt concerned about security and to avoid travelling there following the latest flare-up of violence in the Middle East. Australia’s foreign office reissued a travel advisory warning people of heightened tensions in the Middle East, risk of terrorism and an upsurge in violence between Israel and Palestinians. “Australians should consider carefully their need to travel to Israel at the time. Australians concerned for their security should consider departure,” the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement. The foreign ministry said Australians should not travel to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip and leave there if possible and safe to do so. Prime Minister John Howard urged Israel and the Islamic military group Hamas to exercise restraint after more attacks from both sides in which 38 people have died in the past two days. Full Story

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