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Israel scales back travel advisory for Sinai as Bennett invited to Cairo

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19.08.2021

Israel’s National Security Council scaled back its travel warning for parts of the Sinai Peninsula for the first time in years Wednesday, hours after Egyptian intelligence head Abbas Kamel visited Israel for high-level talks on Gaza.

For the past several years, the entire Sinai Peninsula has had the highest possible travel warning, Level 1, a “very high concrete threat,” due to the presence of the Islamic State and other terror groups in the area, particularly in the northern parts of the peninsula. Under this warning, the National Security Council recommended Israelis refrain from traveling to Sinai and for those already there to return immediately.

This designation has long been a source of annoyance for the thousands of Israeli tourists making trips to the peninsula’s picturesque beaches and resorts along its comparatively peaceful southern coast. This has also been a source of contention with Egypt, which sees Sinai as a significant source of tourism income.

On Wednesday night, the NSC recognized this........

© The Times of Israel


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