40,000 expected to enter Sinai despite travel ban

Estimation based on 2006 increase in number of people entering Sinai, a 37-percent jump from the year before.

By SHELLY PAZ
September 25, 2007 20:20
40,000 expected to enter Sinai despite travel ban

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Up to 40,000 Israelis and tourists are expected to cross the Taba border into the Sinai Peninsula during Succot, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) reported Tuesday, as an updated travel warning was issued for the area. The IAA based its estimation on the 2006 increase in the number of people entering Sinai, a 37-percent jump from the year before. The IAA added that during Rosh Hashana, 25,000 people crossed the Egyptian border via the Taba terminal. Meanwhile, the National Security Council's Counterterrorism Division published an updated travel alert for Egypt and Sinai on its Web site Tuesday. The alert, originally issued for Rosh Hashana, warns of attempts to kidnap or otherwise harm Israelis, as al-Qaida cells and other terrorist organizations are highly active in the area. The alert level is ranked as a "very high and concrete threat." In addition, the alert recommends that all Israelis leave Egyptian territories and avoid entering the country, declaring that tourists would bear sole responsibility for entering Egypt.


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