Travel warning issued for Sinai: Israelis advised to leave immediately

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 9, 2017 20:24
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Footage of explosion at church in Alexandria , Egypt on April 9, 2017 (REUTERS)

Footage of explosion at church in Alexandria , Egypt on April 9, 2017 (REUTERS)

 
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Following assessment of the situation in Egypt, in light of today's deadly terror attacks, Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning for all Israelis in the Sinai Peninsula.

Due to the gravity of the situation, the Bureau recommended all Israeli citizens currently in Sinai to leave the area immediately and return to Israel.

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Additionally, the Bureau requested that all Israelis located in Sinai contact them directly for status updates.

Any persons intending to travel to Sinai are advised to refrain from doing so at this time.

At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.

The attack comes a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.

The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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