Israelis are being warned to stay out of the Sinai Peninsula – and those who are there are being told to leave immediately.
The Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning Saturday saying that terrorists are preparing an attack “together with assistance from local Bedouin tribes.”
The warning came following a joint operation by the IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) that targeted a Hamas terror cell that planned to abduct Israelis ahead of Passover.
Three terrorists were killed in the Gaza operation, an IDF spokesperson said.
Family members were told to contact their loved ones who had traveled to the area and tell them to come home.
“Security forces have reliable and updated information showing that terrorist agencies are currently attempting to kidnap Israelis in the Sinai for negotiation purposes,” the warning said.
The bureau “strongly recommends Israelis refrain from visiting Sinai and calls on Israelis there to leave immediately and return to Israel.”
Officials added that the security situation in Sinai, “which is generally unstable, creates a real risk” for Israelis traveling there.