Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed deep concern over a recent report that the Islamic State terror group is planning an attack on Jewish children in Turkey.
“We are very worried about the information we are receiving, and following the situation closely with the relevant authorities in Israel and Turkey,” Rivlin said in a phone interview with the president of Turkey’s Jewish community, Ishak Ibrahimzadeh.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkey’s government have yet to comment on the report.
According to a report by the United Kingdom’s Sky News, citing intelligence sources, the plot includes attacking Jewish kindergartens, schools, and youth centers, with the most likely target being a synagogue in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district. Information on the attack was obtained from six Islamic State operatives who were arrested in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep last week, the report said.
The latest plot by Islamic State comes after the terror attack in Istanbul on March 19 that left four people dead, including three Israeli tourists.