´Israel seeking to harm Egyptian tourism´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais Published: 04.21.12, 19:06)
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Sinai officials slam Counter Terrorism Bureau´s travel warning urging
Israelis to leave area immediately as ploy to impede peninsula´s
booming tourism industry
Egyptian officials slammed Israel´s Sinai travel advisory, accusing
Jerusalem of trying to impede the area´s booming tourism industry.
Earlier Saturday, the Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a travel
warning urging all Israelis to leave the Sinai Peninsula immediately.
South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda said Israel was "trying to spread
panic with rumors and irresponsible statements" that have a negative
effect on the area´s robust tourist traffic.
Fouda added that currently Sinai´s Sharm el-Sheikh hotels were at 65%
The official further said that he was sure that the travel advisory
would have no impact on the area´s tourism, and that so far no mass
exit of tourists – Israelis or otherwise – has been noted by the Taba
Fouda said that some 1,700 tourists crossed from Israel to Sinai
through Taba on Saturday alone, and that 1,691 left. "This is regular
traffic," he said.
South Sinai security chief Mahmoud Hefnawi added that Egyptian
security forces were "escorting tourists from the moment they enter
the district and until they leave. Security forces are present in all
tourist attractions to ensure the visitors´ safety."
Israel believes that Sinai has become a hotbed for terror activity.
The defense establishment has been able to ascertain that several
failed attempts to launch terror attacks at Israeli security forces
have emanated from the peninsula. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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