Israel renews Sinai travel advisory amid threats (JERUSALEM POST) By YONI DAYAN 08/03/12)
JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-Top
The National Security Council’s counterterrorism bureau on Thursday
renewed its travel advisory against visiting Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,
warning of potential terrorist attacks targeting tourists.
“The information we have indicates that terrorist organizations in
the Gaza Strip, as well as other groups, are continuing to attempt
terror attacks... against Israeli tourists staying in the Sinai in
the imminent future,” the advisory stated.
The warning came just one day after a cross-border shooting incident
that involved the IDF, the Egyptian army and a group of smugglers.
The incident was sparked when the Egyptian army spotted and opened
fire on drug smugglers trying to cross the border into Israel.
Some of the fire accidentally hit an IDF patrol and the soldiers,
thinking they were under attack, returned fire. An Egyptian policeman
reportedly sustained light injuries.
An anti-tank missile was also fired at an IDF tank along the border
with the Gaza Strip, just hours after the border exchange. The
missile failed to damage the tank.
The advisory emphasized the threat of kidnapping against Israelis,
and warned all civilians to leave the dangerous area.
“The counterterrorism bureau calls, once again, on all Israelis in
the Sinai to leave the area immediately and to return to Israel,”
read the warning, adding a request for families of tourists to get in
touch with their loved ones and urge them to return home.
Last month, IDF intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi told the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the IDF has
stopped nearly a dozen attacks from Sinai, and is closely following
terrorist networks in the area that continue to plan attacks against
“Terrorist groups in Sinai may try to create a diplomatic crisis
[between Egypt and Israel] through attacks,” Kochavi said.
The security situation in the isolated Sinai desert region has
deteriorated since the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in a
popular uprising in February 2011.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY