Israel: Counter-Terrorism Bureau Tells Citizens In Sinai Peninsula To Return To Israel Immediately
By Attila Somfalvi, ynet – “The Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the National Security Council on Thursday issued a repeated travel warning to the Sinai Peninsula, calling on all Israelis who are planning to travel to or who are currently staying in Sinai to return to Israel immediately.
A travel warning to the area has been in place for a long time, however the Bureau is now reiterating its call, citing terror groups’ intention to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens.
The Bureau stated that it has obtained concrete information on terror organizations in Gaza Strip and other elements that are planning terror attacks and abductions of Israeli tourists in Sinai.
The statement also requested that relatives of Israelis who are currently in Sinai to inform them about the travel warning.
Despite the alarming announcement, a source at the border crossing between Israel and Egypt claimed that only 2,000 people crossed over into Sinai in the past two days, few of which were Israelis.
The source told Ynet that since the revolution in Egypt, Israelis have become more attentive to travel advisories, and most of those who enter Egypt these days are either Israeli-Arabs, or Israelis who head for the casinos in Taba. Only few, the source added, were backpackers heading to Sinai’s beach resorts.
In recent weeks, a number of attempts to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers near the Egypt border have been thwarted.” Read more.