Israel issues Sinai kidnap alert
Israel warned its nationals not to travel to Egypt's Sinai desert during the upcoming month of Jewish holidays, saying Sunday it has "concrete intelligence" that some armed groups are planning attacks, including kidnappings of Israeli tourists.
The government's anti-terror department has issued a travel advisory on Saturday for the Sinai peninsula, which traditionally lures tens of thousands of Israelis to its Red Sea beaches during Jewish holiday seasons. It also urged any Israelis already there to leave immediately, the AP reported.
Danny Arditi, an adviser to Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon who leads the government's Counterterrorism Bureau, told Israel Radio on Sunday the "terror alert" was based on information that the terrorists planning attacks were already located in Sinai. "It's truly a focused warning regarding the target and even the location," Arditi said. "The alert regards the Israelis who came to celebrate the Jewish New Year."