Israel warns citizens to leave Sinai


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel warned its citizens to leave the Sinai Peninsula.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday also warned Israelis to cancel travel to Jordan.

The warnings are for now as well as the High Holidays in September, when many Israelis travel to Red Sea resorts and other regional destinations. The bureau is concerned that Hezbollah will try to kidnap Israelis visiting the Sinai, or traveling anywhere in the world, in retaliation for the February 2008 assassination of security chief Imad Mughniyeh, which it blames on Israel.

Israel has peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.

Tuesday’s advisory also warned of a "very serious concrete threat" in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.

The bureau warned against travel to Kenya and Morocco.

Countries considered a "serious concrete threat" include Algeria, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

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