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March 27, 2023

All Romanian airports on red alert, official says

Transport Minister Ovidiu Silaghi stated yesterday in Constanta that the red alert was instituted in all airports following the terrorist attack in Bulgaria. “Yes, all Romanian airports are on red alert. The measure was taken last evening, immediately after the event, so there is enhanced caution. Maximum security measures have been taken and it’s natural, this is the modus operandi in emergency cases,” Silaghi stated.Eight persons were killed and 37 injured in a terrorist attack that took place on Wednesday at the Burgas airport where a motor coach filled with Israeli tourists was blown up. The Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) met yesterday, being presided by interim president Crin Antonescu, its order of the day including “the implications for Romania of the terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria” and Hidroelectrica’s situation. No information on the decisions adopted was known at the time this edition went to print. Sorin Sava, head of the Romanian Intelligence Service’s (SRI) press bureau, stated yesterday for Mediafax that the service maintains its terrorism alert level at “blue – guarded.” “That doesn’t mean we’re not careful or that we’re less vigilant,” he added. Sava pointed out that the terrorism alert level is set by SRI and sent to the CSAT for approval. The “blue – guarded” alert level, the second of five levels, means, according to the SRI website, that “available information and recent events points to a low risk of terrorist attack.” The other three alert levels are yellow – moderate, orange – elevated risk and red – severe risk.

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