Is danger lurking on Sinai beaches?
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Manhunt on for Sinai terror cell

Egyptian security forces reportedly searching for unknown number of armed suspects; Monday, Counter-Terror Bureau issued severe warning against traveling to Sinai

Egyptian security forces in the Sinai peninsula have launched a manhunt for a terror cell allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the area, an Egyptian security source said.


According to report, the Egyptians are searching for an unknown number of armed individuals apparently traveling in four vehicles, and have placed roadblocks in north and south Sinai.


The origin of the suspects is unknown at this time, the source said.


On Monday the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a severe travel warning urging Israeli to keep out of Sinai during the Passover holiday, citing a "clear and present danger" of attacks on tourist sites there


Forces on high alert

Last week, Egypt put its security forces on the border with the Gaza Strip on high alert on after Hamas threatened to repeat a January breach that saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians flood across.


Security measures in the Sinai peninsula have been reinforced, especially in the area around the divided border town of Rafah, a security official said, as deadly clashes raged on the Gaza-Israel border.


Ambulances have also been sent to near Egypt's own 14-kilometer (nine-mile) border with the Gaza Strip.


פרסום ראשון: 04.15.08, 19:33
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