Israel Issues Warning To Citizens To Immediately Leave Sinai Peninsula, "Terror Attack Imminent"
Are things between Israel and Egypt about to get really heated?
From BNO News:
JERUSALEM (BNO NEWS) -- Israel's anti-terror bureau warned on Tuesday that a terror attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is imminent and all Israelis must leave the region. The warning message said, quoting intelligence sources, that a terror attack in which Israelis could be kidnapped is imminent, Israeli media reported. "We call on all Israelis now in Sinai to leave at once and return to Israel," the warning said. "Families of Israelis now in Sinai are requested to make contact and update them of this travel warning."
More from Sky News:
Israel has issued an "urgent" warning to its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula immediately.
It comes after "concrete evidence" of an expected terror attempt to kidnap Israelis in the region.
The warning was issued by the Israeli prime minister's office.
It took the unusual step of calling on families of Israelis touring the Sinai to contact them.
Israel's anti-terror office has a standard travel advisory telling Israelis to stay out of the Sinai desert because of the threat of terror attacks.
However, thousands of Israelis routinely ignore the warning and go on holiday in the desert and along its Red Sea coast.
Egyptian security officials said about 35,000 Israelis are in the Sinai now, and they expected thousands more to arrive later this month.
In the unusually strong statement, the Israeli anti-terror office called "on all Israelis residing in Sinai to leave immediately and return home".
Families of Israelis residing in Sinai are being asked to contact them and update them on the travel warning.
In 2004, suicide bombers attacked Egypt's Taba Hilton Hotel, just across the Israeli border, and several campsites where Israelis are known to stay on holiday.
Dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Israel controlled the Sinai from its capture in the 1967 war until returning it to Egypt in 1982 in the framework of a peace treaty between the two nations.
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