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Gunmen Try to Break into Egyptian Hotel

Four armed gunmen tried to break into a hotel in the Sinai Peninsula which is popular among Israelis. No one was hurt.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/11/2012, 3:07 AM

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Four armed gunmen on Tuesday tried to break into a hotel in the Sinai Peninsula which is popular among Israelis, Channel 10 News reported.

According to the report, the incident happened at the Taba Heights hotel, at which many Israelis stay at during their vacations in the area. The gunmen reportedly drove a bus without license plates and attempted to break into the hotel, but security guards fired at them and prevented them from breaking in. An exchange of gunfire ensued and the gunmen fled without being arrested.

There were no injuries, but security sources told Channel 10 that some of the Israelis who were staying at the hotel decided to cut their vacation short and return to Israel because of the incident.

Egyptian sources believe that the incident was not terror related and that the gunmen came to the hotel to rob a jewelry store located in the building.

The Sinai Peninsula has been in a state of anarchy ever since the revolutions in Egypt that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Terrorists have been taking advantage of the situation to carry out attacks from the Sinai region, such as the deadly terror attacks near Eilat last August, which left eight Israelis dead.