Israel Warns Citizens to Avoid Zimbabwe Amid Coup Reports

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the burial of Brigadier General James Murozvi, who was granted national hero status by President Robert Mugabe, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday revised its travel advisory for Zimbabwe, warning Israelis not to visit the country and telling those who are there to remain inside their homes amid reports of a coup in the southern African nation.

While issuing the recommendation, the ministry emphasized “the decision whether to visit the aforementioned areas or to stay there is left to the discretion of all individuals and is solely their responsibility.”

There are some 170 Jews and Israelis in the country, 108 in the capital Harare and another 64 in the city of Bulawayo. “We have no reports of distress from Jews or Israelis in the country,” the ministry said earlier on Wednesday, adding that Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria, South Africa, is in constant contact with the community leaders.

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