JERUSALEM (Dec. 7)
In the wake of recent terrorist attacks aimed at tourists visiting northern Egypt, Israel’s tour operators have been advised by the government to warn clients of the dangers of traveling to the area.
The prime minister’s adviser on terrorism, Yigal Carmon, this week warned tour companies that Israeli as well as foreign tourists are potential targets of attacks by Islamic fundamentalists. His warning precedes the expected increase in Israeli tourism to Egypt during Chanukah.
“With the increase in terrorist incidents in upper Egypt and in the wake of violent acts by Islamic organizations, I would like to bring to your attention the recent intensification of such acts,” wrote Carmon.
“Although they are not specifically aimed at Israelis, tourists are the target,” he said.
Carmon told the operators that the U.S. government had issued a similar warning to tourists intending to visit sites in southern Egypt.