A recent arrests made by the Turkish police led to the uncovering of a plot by ISIS to launch an attack that specifically targets the Jewish community and its children.
Turkish police have arrested six individuals who they suspect to be ISIS militants on Wednesday at the southeastern province of Gaziantep. According to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants included five people who were non-Turkish that were trying to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State.
On the other hand, a 24-year old Japanese citizen was also arrested separately along the Turkey’s border with Syria. Known by the initials M.M., the said individual was said to have been in touch with a known militant of the Islamic State in Syria. Security officials said that the militant had convinced M.M. to join ISIS. Following his arrest, officials also said that the Japanese national would be deported.
Now, an exclusive report from Sky News revealed that the arrested ISIS militants revealed a plot to target a synagogue in Beyoglu in Istanbul. The said synagogue also houses community center as well as a school. Moreover, the plans included plot to murder Jewish children in Turkey as they look to target kindergartens, youth centers and other schools.
Recently the Israel Prime Minister’s Office released a revised travel warning for Turkey from the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau (NSCCTB) following the deadly attack in Istanbul on March 19. Following NSCCTB’s assessment of the situation in the area, it was found that ISIS is likely capable of carrying out further attacks in Turkey. In response, the travel warning regarding Turkey has been raised from a basic concrete threat to a high concrete threat. Moreover, the bureau is now advising Israeli tourists to avoid visiting the country or to leave as soon as possible.