40,000 Israelis expected to be in Sinai on Succot despite security alerts

September 25, 2007 18:18

Up to 40,000 Israelis and tourists are expected to cross the Taba border to Sinai Peninsula during the Jewish holiday of Succot, Israel Airports Authority [IAA] reported Tuesday. The Headquarter for Counter Terrorism issued, Tuesday, an updated journey alert to Egypt with an emphasis on Sinai Peninsula. According to the IAA 30,000-40,000 Israelis and tourists who stay in Israel will vacation in Sinai Peninsula during the upcoming holiday of Succot. The evaluation is based on the passing year's growth in the number of entrances to Sinai, a growth of 37% compared with the year before. Israel's Headquarter for Counter Terrorism published in its website, Tuesday, an updated journey alert on Egypt and Sinai. According to the alert that was issued originally in Rosh Hashana, the threat includes the kidnapping of Israelis and hurting them as terror organizations and Al-Qaeda cells are highly active in Sinai. The alert level is ranked as "very high and concrete threat". The alert goes on and recommends all Israelis to leave Egyptian territories or avoid entering the country. "Entering Egypt is on the traveler's sole responsibility," the alert read.

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