April 13th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

Israelis told to leave Sinai due to 'imminent' kidnap threat

An Israeli counter-terrorism unit is warning Israeli citizens in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to return home because they face the risk of militant attacks.

The group said it had "concrete information" about an "imminent risk of a terrorist abduction operation" in the Sinai - a popular tourist destination spot for Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Warnings about travel to Sinai and other places have been issued frequently by the Israeli government.

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  1. sarauk

    israel should not say that because tourists from all over the world visit egypt everyday and nothing happens , egypt is a safe place to visit and be in ,

    April 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    israel has every right to tell there citizens what the goverment thinks is in their best intrest just like america has a list that it suggest its citizens not to go to

    April 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. abi

    I wish what is so called Israel asks it ambassador in egypt to leave and close the embassy behind him... but i doubt it since the Israelis are too coward to do so...god bless egypt free of zionist

    April 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pinkstar1

    If Israel did not say anthing and something happened then people would be
    yelling,"why didn't they say something?"

    April 14, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Moud

    What a shame if this happened....... how would the israeli know about that before the egyptian police who hires 1 police officer for each 50 citizens....... hopfully nothing will happened

    April 14, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Manuel

    Islael need to adhere to what they are warned against lest they end up kidnapped

    April 14, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. PeteH

    abi – From your name alone we can all tell what your motivation is towards calling the Israeli's cowards. Especially given that the arab groups who have targeted Israel & it's citizens never attack as a single unit but rather a network of groupie thugs. It is you and yours who are cowards and for very good reason. If Israel ever targeted you it's a fair bet that your life expectancy would be shortend rapidly. Fortunately for you, unlike your arab bretheren Israeli's rarely attack proactively and are instead reactive getting even under the "Eye for an eye" retaliation. It think it's good for you to remember that it is Egypt that knows it does NOT want to be in the target sights of Israel given how many times Egypt has had their backsides handed to them time and time again in recent years by the Israeli IDF.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kellen

    Seems like Egypt should be happier to get Israelis out and not get in the news for a terror related event. Egypt doesn't have the greatest police or intel, especially in Sinai. Remember the bomb in the parking lot in Sharm a couple years ago.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peace 4 all

    Justice 4 all = Peace 4 all.
    Einstein once said:I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with
    sticks and stones

    April 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Emmy

    Whether this is true or not that Israleis are threatened in Egypt. We don't like to have innocent people to be killed on our land, however, the +ve part in it is that they will leave Egypt. We don't want them and we don't need them as tourists. Let them go back to Israel and stay there. The world is full of places that they can visit as tourists so why Egypt in particular if Egyptians don't want them.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. david

    I hope that Israeli tourist heed the warning. Egyptians have in the past allowed their terrorists to bomb a bus in Cairo, the Sharm el-Sheik resort (a few times) and allowed one of their own policemen to slaughter a family of Israelis in Ras Burka, so maybe it is high time that Israelis find other places to go for vacation, when there is an imminent threat warming. Just because the Sinai peninsula is so beautiful does not mean that it is worth risking one Israeli life for it. Don't forget, the Muslim Brotherhood and Gama'a are ancient history, they are alive and kicking in Egypt, so heed the warning and wait until there is an "all clear".

    April 15, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Light

    Well every country has the right to warn their citizens of imminent danger. More importantly it is the responsibility of all to help the law enforcement agencies of the whereabouts of terrorists. Terror and terrorists do not differentiate between nationalities. All are victims. Eye for an eye does not resolve issues because both get blinded. It is time all wake up to the reality and find ways to make peace. Let us all contribute towards peace. We need to leave a legacy behind for our future generations. Remember Values are caught and not taught and so it is every humans responsibility pass on right values to our children that of peace and love and not hatred.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. bethefuture

    Peace 4 all, Light and myself our amongst millions of human beings who are beginning to wake up, ready for change and ready for love and unity to take over..

    Will we use up our anger and the philosophy of materialism,ownership, only when we have destroyed our planet and each other with it?

    Hatred has had its time for far too long, its time for understanding,tolerance and much love to reign in.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |