The National Security Council has reported a threat against Israelis in
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Middle East Newsline reported. The council's Counter-Terrorism
Bureau said Israelis could come under attack during the Jewish festival of
Tabernacles in mid-October.
"Ahead of the Succot holiday, the National Security Council
Counter-Terrorism Bureau reminds the public of the severe warning regarding
travel to the Sinai peninsula," the council said in a statement on Oct. 10.
"To this end, the NSCCTB recommends that Israelis refrain from going there
and calls on all Israelis there now to leave at once and return to Israel."
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This marked the third warning against Israeli travel to Sinai in 2011.
Thousands of Israelis usually flock to the Egyptian peninsula during Jewish
Officials said Al Qaida and Hamas-aligned elements were operating in
Sinai. They said hundreds of insurgents were identifying targets in Sinai as
well as in southern Israel despite reinforcements by the Egyptian Army and
"Many jihadists were released from [Egyptian] jail, bring into the area
many years of experience, knowledge, courage and people who actually do not
have anything to lose," the Israeli government's counter-insurgency adviser
Nitzan Nuriel said.