Israel closes border with Egypt in light of Sinai terror fears

April 10, 2017 11:20

Israel on Monday decided to close its side of the Taba Border Crossing between Eilat and Egypt in light of concerns of terrorist attacks targeting tourists in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, which has been a popular vacation spot for Israelis during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Following security assessments, as of Monday, Israel will not allow its citizens to enter Egypt through the crossing, however Israeli citizens will be permitted to return to the country via the Taba crossing.

The Prime Minister's Office announced the move in a statement that cited "the burgeoning activities" of Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in the Sinai region in recent months.

The government therefore urged all Israelis currently in the Sinai Peninsula to immediately leave the area and return to Israel. 

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