The US State Department has issued a travel warning due to the “threats from terrorist groups” after recent attacks.
It was advised to stay away from Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq. Places like malls, hotels, and restaurants were also listed as “soft targets.” The Department also warned of similar threats to US citizens in Egypt and advised to avoid travels to the Sinai Peninsula and the Western Desert regions. While some places like Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, temples, and archaeological sites are deemed to be safe and there is heavy security present in Red Sea resorts, terrorist attacks could happen anywhere.
Jordan was deemed as one of the most stable countries in the Middle East, but over the past few months, it has been experiencing turmoil as the IS is trying to get some ground in the country. On Friday, it was stated by the Department that “terrorist and extremist organizations have expressed a desire to conduct attacks targeting US citizens and Westerners in Jordan.” Moreover, “Jordanian authorities have notified the US Embassy of several disrupted terrorist plots targeting US citizens and Westerners” during the last year.
The jihadist group itself confirmed that it was behind last Sunday’s attack in the central town of Karak where seven people from government forces, two locals, and a Canadian tourist were killed. At least 27 were wounded.
In Egypt, most of the attacks of recent years have been focused in the Sinai province, where the IS-linked jihadist group is active. Earlier this month, however, a bombing was in Cairo near St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral. where 45 people were injured and 24 were killed, most of which were women and children.
Egypt’s Christian minority, who make up about 10% of Egypt’s population, has often been targeted by the IS. The country has experienced a number of attacks by the IS militants since 2013 when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, who launched a crackdown against Islamists.
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