Amid Kidnap Threat, Israel Warns Citizens to Flee Sinai
Hamas believed to be behind plot to abduct Israeli tourists
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
Luxury Sinai resorts like this one in Sharm-el-Sheikh are popular with Israeli tourists despite government travel warnings.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Israel is urging all of its citizens vacationing in Sinai to leave immediately. Anti-terror officials say they have "concrete intelligence" of a Hamas plot to abduct Israelis from one of the resorts in the Egyptian peninsula, the Telegraph reports. Tens of thousands of Israelis are believed to be in the area, a popular destination for Israelis despite frequent security warnings.

The owner of one beach resort says his business is packed with Israeli travelers, despite their government's stern warning. "People heard about the new warning, but no one left," he told Haaretz. "The Israelis don't listen to the warnings. They've been driven nuts for years now with alerts about how dangerous it is to come here."