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Thailand Coup Leads Israel to Issue Travel Warning

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The Thailand coup forced Israel to issue a warning to the hundreds of thousands of Israelis visiting Thailand every year. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgIsrael’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Israeli tourists visiting Thailand in the wake of an announcement that the country’s military has declared martial law.

The Thai military, led by army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced that it is taking over the government and suspending the country’s constitution. It then ordered acting Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan and his ministers to report to the military Thursday “in order to keep peace and order,” and banned “political gatherings” of more than five people.

“Anyone who violates the ban will be subject to a one-year jail term, 10,000 baht ($307) fine, or both,” the Thai military stated, reported the BBC.

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Thailand is a popular destination for Israeli tourists, especially young people recently released from service in the Israel Defense Forces. In 2013, 135,000 Israelis visited the tropical country, reported Yedioth Ahronoth. In the wake of the coup, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called the the situation in Thailand “sensitive and unpredictable.”

“Be alert and extra cautious, act in accordance with instructions from local authorities and stay tuned to media reports,” the Foreign Ministry advised, reported The Jerusalem Post.

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