Israel has ‘concrete evidence’ terrorists are planning terror attack in Sinai (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By MICHAL SHMULOVICH 04/21/12)
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Travel advisory tells Israelis to leave Sinai immediately and urges
others not to visit now
The counterterrorism bureau on Saturday warned Israeli citizens to
leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately, citing “concrete evidence”
that terrorists are planning attacks against them. A government
spokesman said the attack is intended to take place within days.
The travel advisory asked Israelis planning to travel to Sinai not to
go — and called on families to contact relatives who are currently
there to try to bring them back to Israel.
Israel has issued travel warnings for Sinai before. But the security
warnings and travel notices have increased since Hosni Mubarak was
toppled in 2011 and lawlessness among Bedouin tribes has increased.
Since August, when terrorists crossed into southern Israel from Sinai
and killed eight Israelis, the IDF has been monitoring the Egyptian
Sinai, located along the Red Sea, is known for its diverse underwater
life and beautiful beaches. It is a popular tourist destination for
Israelis and foreigners.
Also on Saturday, Egyptian forces detained an officer suspected of
helping to smuggle weapons from Libya to the Gaza Strip.
Israel confirmed Thursday that rockets fired at the southern city of
Eilat in early April were smuggled out of Libya into Gaza. They were
fired from Sinai by the Popular Resistance Committees that are based
in Gaza, according to Shin Bet. They are believed to have been
smuggled out after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF
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