Israel warns citizens to leave Sinai ‘immediately’

Israel is calling on its citizens to leave the Sinai in wake of a pending terror attack.

Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau (NSCCTB) on Tuesday released an exceptional and urgent warning about an imminent terror attack in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, urging Israeli citizens to leave the region “immediately.”

The “Level 1” alert issued by the NSCCTB is its most severe warning and is described as “very high and concrete.”

“Based on the information in our possession, the Bureau warns of the possibility of attacks against tourist sites in the Sinai area in the immediate time period,” the statement said.

The travel warning stated that while a high-level threat in the region is ongoing, several terror attacks in recent years were committed specifically on January 25, which marks the anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Egypt that brought down President Hosni Mubarak and led to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Sinai has been the scene of massive battles between an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate and Egyptian security forces, which have claimed hundreds of casualties.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News