(photo credit: Steve Linde)
The Israeli Counter-Terror Bureau urged Israelis on Saturday to leave the Sinai
Peninsula immediately, after revealing that Israeli intelligence agencies had
obtained concrete information of plans by terrorists to kidnap or attack Israeli
nationals vacationing there over the upcoming Pessah holiday.
said that some terrorists were already in the Sinai.
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morning, in the southern town of Khan Yunis, IAF aircraft bombed a car carrying
four senior Hamas operatives who, according to Israel, were on their way to
Sinai with plans to kidnap or attack Israelis vacationing on the
Three operatives were killed in the strike; the fourth was
The Izzadin Kassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing,
confirmed that the men killed were its operatives and warned that the air strike
was a “serious escalation” for which Israel would “bear all the
Two of the killed were reportedly brothers Ismail and
Abdullah Lubad. The third was identified as Muhammad Aldiya.
Counter-Terror Bureau regularly issues warnings against traveling to Sinai in
the runup to Jewish holidays.
Defense officials said there was particular
concern ahead of Pessah, later in April, with the current instability in the
country following the recent revolution.
Hamas has in the past used Sinai
as a launch pad for rocket attacks against Israel.
Israel is also
concerned about reports of the Egyptian police abandoning Sinai in the face of
growing Beduin violence and the territory turning into a breeding ground for
Global Jihad. The Counter-Terror Bureau noted Saturday that the terror cell
planning the attacks against Israelis in Sinai was using local Beduin to help
carry out the attacks.