Israelis Warned: Stay Away from Sinai

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The government's Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a warning on Tuesday to Israeli families vacationing during the week of Passover to stay away from the Sinai Peninsula.

Every year, thousands of Israeli families flock to the seaside resorts in the Egyptian Sinai, despite government's warnings of "very high and concrete threats" of kidnapping and other acts of terror by Islamic groups.

The Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group has issued warnings for more than a year to avenge the death of its deputy commander, Imad Mugniyeh, who was killed by a car bomb in Damascus in February 2007.

Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death, though Mugniyeh's widow believes Syria was behind the assassination.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned Israelis, especially businessmen, to stay out of most Arab and/or Muslim countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Mayalsia, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Qatar, Morocco, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan.

The bureau also warned Israelis to avoid Libya, Oman, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Mauritania, Kashmir, Mindanao (in the Philippines), and Chechnya.

The advisory further admonished Israelis planning to visit Colombia to conceal their identity and travel by air whenever possible. If traveling by car, they should use main highways and avoid driving after dark.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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