Islamic State is urging fanatics to target popular holiday hotspots in Egypt and deliberately target Christian tourists.  They also called on fighters to kidnap foreign tourists to embarrass the Egyptian government and damage the tourism industry. ISIS made the call in an online weekly publication – Al-Nada – urging operatives to intensify their attacks on Christians across the country.Egypt’s tourism industry has taken a hammering over the last few years after an increased terror threat.  But now UK tour operators have begun flying back into the popular Sharm el Sheikh resort.

Travel to Egypt largely stopped after a Russian holiday jet was downed in 2015 killing all 224 people on board. But now, ISIS is trying to destabilize the government ahead of elections next month. ISIS controls areas of the Sinai region, north of the resort. Al-Naba, a weekly online publication, has allegedly explicitly threatened attacks on “belligerent” Christians and tourists in Egypt. READ MORE