Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 25 December 2016, 00:45 hrs, UTC.
Accessed on 25 December 2016, 00:45 hrs, UTC.
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On Friday, 23 December 2016, State Department officials advised U.S. citizens to avoid “certain areas where the threat is greatest.”
The report is quite specific:
“The Egyptian Government maintains a heavy security presence at major tourist sites, such as Sharm el-Sheikh… and at many of the temples and archaeological sites located in and around greater Cairo and in the Nile Valley,” the travel warning read.
“US Mission personnel are allowed to travel to these areas. However, terrorist attacks can occur anywhere in the country,” the alert added, explaining that several extremist organisations are operating in Egypt, including the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
The US has also warned its citizens and staff against travelling to Jordan, where terror organisations, including the IS, are active.
“Jordan’s prominent role in the counter-IS Coalition and its shared borders with Iraq and Syria increase the potential for future terrorist incidents,” the State Department said.
US government employees on personal travel are not permitted to visit border areas or refugee camps and the government has advised its citizens to do the same.”
Those who ignore these warnings may be putting their lives at risk from ISIS/ISIL sympathizers. It’s not only U.S. citizens who are in danger. Last week, a group of Canadian tourists and Jordanian security personnel were attached at the historic site of Petra. Perhaps, travel plans to the Middle East should be reconsidered.
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