Israeli army bans soldiers from playing Pokemon Go on bases

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Monday, August 1, 2016

JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli military says it is banning soldiers from playing the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go on Israeli military bases due to security concerns.

The military said on Monday that it has instructed soldiers and officers that the game activates cell phone cameras and location services, and could leak sensitive information like army base locations and photographs of the bases.

The military is also concerned that soldiers could download a fake application that impersonates Pokemon Go but could leak information from soldiers' phones.

Israel's emergency rescue service Magen David Adom has also issued a warning about Pokemon Go, saying Israelis have suffered moderate injuries while playing the game.

Players roam through the physical world holding up their phones and searching for critters that appear on the screen.