Israelis told to leave Sinai over attacks fears (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/21/12)
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Israeli authorities warned citizens on Saturday to leave Egypt´s
Sinai peninsula immediately because of a "critical and immediate
threat" of a terrorist attack.
"All Iraelis in the Sinai are called upon to leave the region and
return to Israel," said a statement from the anti-terrorist bureau.
"Based on information in our possession, terrorist organisations in
the Gaza Strip are continuing to work energetically to carry out
terrorist attacks against Israeli targets on Sinai´s beaches in the
immediate term," it said.
Resorts dotted along the Red Sea in the Sinai are a popular holiday
destination for Israelis seeking a relatively cheap break in the sun.
But since the start of the uprising in Egypt that toppled president
Hosni Mubarak last year, security in the peninsula has deteriorated
significantly, with Egypt sending troops into the area to try to
bring it back under control.
Last August, gunmen infiltrated southern Israel from Sinai and
launched a coordinated series of ambushes on vehicles on a border
road north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. Eight Israelis were killed
and more than 25 wounded.
Israel´s military intelligence chief, Aviv Koshavi, recently said the
Jewish state had foiled more than 10 attempted attacks in the past
The border area is also a paradise for Bedouin smugglers, with the
Israeli authorities often seizing drugs, cigarettes and
telecommunications equipment as well as weapons and explosives
heading for the Gaza Strip.
Israel is building a giant steel security barrier along the 240
kilometre (150 mile) frontier, which is due to be completed by the
end of this year. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/21/12)
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