18 Oct, 2023 @ 12:28
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High terror alert in Spain: 700 police officers deployed ahead of basketball game featuring Israeli team in Valencia

A VALENCIA basketball game has been deemed a high terror risk as hundreds of officers are deployed in the city. 

Around 700 police officers will attend the game today, as Valencia Basket takes on Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

It comes after Spain has boosted its security measures and counter terrorism efforts in response to rising tensions in the Middle East and an increase in extremism. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned against an increase in ‘Islamist terrorism’ following the murder of a French teacher last week and the deaths of two Swedish football fans in Belgium on Monday. 

Tank military Spain Valencia
Spanish authorities are deploying anti-terror troops in Valencia today. Photo: Kevin Schmid/Unsplash

Spain’s threat level has remained at four, one below the maximum threat level, since Islamist militant attacks on Paris in June 2015. 

But officials now say they are increasing national security within that level. 

Although the ministry has not given specific details, the measures will include: “the strengthening of security measures at certain particularly sensitive points throughout the national territory and the increase in counter-terrorist efforts”

The increased measures follow an Israeli military offensive to remove Hamas fighters in the besieged Gaza strip after 1,300 people were killed in an attack on Israeli towns earlier this month.


Yzabelle Bostyn

After spending much of her childhood in Andalucia and adulthood between Barcelona and Latin America, Yzabelle has settled in the Costa del Sol to put her NCTJ & Journalism Masters to good use. She is particularly interested in travel, vegan food and has been leading the Olive Press Nolotil campaign. Have a story? email yzabelle@theolivepress.es

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