(CTN News) – Act with caution in India, according to Israel’s National Security Council, after an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.
Level 2 travel advisories warned Israelis in the nation to be extra vigilant, stay away from large groups of people, and not flaunt Israeli flags or symbols.
An investigation is still underway, and the circumstances surrounding the explosion, which happened at 5:20pm (11:50 GMT) close to the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital, are yet uncertain. Israeli authorities reported that no one was hurt.
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People have also been asked to remain extra vigilant in public areas, such as restaurants, hotels, bars, and the like.
Additionally, it is advised not to show Israeli symbols openly, not to attend unsecured large-scale events, and not to share real-time details of trips, photos, or itineraries on social media.
According to a press statement issued earlier on Tuesday by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, no deaths were reported in the incident.
“The incident is under investigation by the local authorities in full cooperation with the Israeli security forces” , according to the ministry.
The Central Hindi Training Institute, the Delhi Police Special Cell, the bomb disposal squad, and the fire department all responded quickly to the explosion that occurred in a green belt area outside the building, close to the embassy. The search activity in the region lasted nearly three hours.
The location was also inspected by a team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), according to a senior police officer in New Delhi.
Security surrounding the embassy and other Israeli facilities was reportedly significantly tightened up after the event.
The National Security Council issued a statement earlier this month urging Israelis to reevaluate their travel plans and urging those who must travel abroad to conceal their Jewish and Israeli identity in light of the increasing global antisemitism caused by the continuing conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group in Gaza.
The Israeli embassy and its personnel have also been the targets of attacks in New Delhi in the past.
In 2021, an explosion outside the Israelis embassy caused damage to cars but did not result in any casualties.
An assault on the vehicle of an Israelis embassy security guard wounded his wife in February 2012 in New Delhi.
Since the battle broke out earlier this year, security officials have stated that the area surrounding the Israeli embassy in New Delhi is extremely secure.