Israel Warns Nationals To Leave Sinai Peninsula

By Haaretz

Published August 11, 2009.
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Israel on Tuesday issued a travel warning for its nationals visiting the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, advising them to leave the area immediately.

The warning came from the government’s counterterrorism unit. The unit warned Israelis of planned attacks during the upcoming Jewish holiday period, which begins with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), at sundown on September 18.

The announcement mentioned tensions along the northern border of Sinai with the Gaza Strip, as well as recent threats from Hezbollah to strike at Israelis.

The unit warned of threats to kidnap Israelis abroad, with the emphasis on businessmen, in particular ones working in Arab and Muslim countries.

The message advises Israelis to be wary at all times, to avoid unplanned meetings and to alter their daily routine if they are on long-term trips.

The counter-terrorism warning added that Israelis should avoid traveling to Colombia, Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, and Yemen.

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