Tel Aviv has advised Israelis in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to leave the restive region, which has witnessed a surge in assaults by Daesh-affiliated militants.
A directorate addressing Israelis said that there was a “constant high threat” in Sinai and warned of “the possibility of attacks” against tourist sites in the peninsula, which borders the Israeli-occupied territories, “in the immediate term.”
It also said Sinai Province had in previous years been hit by terrorist attacks on January 25, which marks the anniversary of the 2011 revolution against Egypt’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
In recent years, militants have stepped up their terror attacks in Sinai, taking advantage of the chaos created in the country following the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi by the junta in July 2013.
The Velayat Sinai militant group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has pledged allegiance to Daesh, which is mainly operating in Iraq and Syria.
Due to the rise in militancy in the Sinai Peninsula, the region has been under a state of emergency since late 2014. Egyptian armed forces are engaged in a massive operation against the Takfiri militants there.