Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Israel asks its citizens to avoid traveling to Sinai




Israel on Tuesday issued a grim warning about travel to its citizens, whom it recommended avoiding the Egyptian peninsula of Sinai.

-Benjamin Netanyahu recommended that the Israelis immediately leave the area or that those with plans to visit it would change their plans.

-Israel issues occasional warnings to travelers based on intelligence information.

Jerusalem, Israel - On Tuesday, Israel issued a grim warning about travel to its citizens, who recommended avoiding the Egyptian peninsula of Sinai.

There is a "very high specific risk" of attacks in the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's counterterrorism office said, urging Israelis to leave the area immediately or those with plans to visit it would change their plans. Type of message is Israel's highest-level recommendation, AP quoted.

South Sinai, with its clean beaches and coral reefs of the Red Sea, has traditionally been a popular destination for Israeli tourists. However, tourism in the area has declined since 2013, when the Egyptian army overthrew the elected Islamist president and the Islamic insurgency in northern Sinai intensified.

Israel issues occasional warnings to travelers based on intelligence.

Israel signed a peace treaty with neighboring Egypt in 1979.


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