Foreign Office new warning for 18 countries including Mediterranean holiday hotspots

Beach in Hurghada, Egypt. The Foreign Office has updated a travel warning for 18 countries amid attack fears and says beaches could be targeted
Beach in Hurghada, Egypt. The Foreign Office has updated travel warnings for 18 countries amid attack fears and says beaches could be targeted -Credit:South Wales Echo

The Foreign Office has issued an urgent travel warning about no fewer than 18 countries - many of them holiday hotspot destinations. In the new alert the government is telling anyone going to countries around the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East that the risk of a terrorist attack is heightened given the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The alert was issued overnight and the Foreign Office said in the update for all the countries: ”There is rising tension between Iran and Israel. Any military action could escalate quickly and could pose risks for the wider region. If you are in the region, or considering travel to the region, monitor news updates and continue to check FCDO travel advice for updates.”

Holiday hotspots in the warning are United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Tunisia. Also included in the alert are Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Oman and Lebanon. Officials believe UK tourists are particularly at risk in the region and say: “There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.

“UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad.” The Foreign Office said a terror attack was ‘likely’ and added that attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on western interests, including against UK citizens. Targets may include: residential compounds, military sites, oil, transport,

aviation interests, crowded places, restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centres, places of worship.”

People are advised to check the latest advice for the country they are planning on the Foreign Office website by clicking here.