FM recommends Israelis not travel to Thailand

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In light of the military coup in Thailand, the Foreign Ministry has published a recommendation that Israelis who are planning to visit Thailand get updated frequently from the media and reconsider the necessity of their travel to that country.

Reports from the embassy in Bangkok indicate that other than the usual traffic gridlock, life in most parts of the city is normal. Israelis were instructed by the embassy to take precautions and stay near their residence.

The Israeli Embassy estimates that there are about 8,000 Israelis currently in Thailand, 2000 of which are in Bangkok.

Israeli Ambassador Yael Rubenstein said that there is no reason for tourists to worry since the coup is not targeted at them, but at the Prime Minister Thaksin Shina, who is currently in New York.

Thaksin has declared a state of emergency in Thailand.

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