Israel-Sinai border crossing re-opens, terror threat remains in place

Israelis currently vacationing in the Sinai were encouraged to return.

April 21, 2017 10:16
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Taba crossing

An Egyptian soldier stands near the Egyptian national flag and the Israeli flag at the Taba crossing between Egypt and Israel. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt's Sinai will re-open to Israelis that would like to travel to Egypt's Sinai, Ofir Gendelman, the Prime Minister's Arab media spokesman, announced Friday morning.

Gendelman also stated that the terror threat remains and Israelis currently vacationing in the area should return.

Last Monday, just hours before the onset of Passover, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the crossing would be closed to Israelis at least until the end of the holiday because of “the intensifying activities” of Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in Sinai.

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Because of concrete terrorist threats, the government warned Israelis days earlier against travel to Sinai and urged all who were there to leave immediately.

When Israelis continued to flock to the popular tourist destination – with some 20,000 expected during the holiday – the rare decision to close the crossing was made at the highest levels.

On Sunday, the High Court of Justice rejected a petition to force the government to reopen the crossing.

Tuesday’s announcement said an up-to-date assessment of the security situation prompted a renewed decision to keep the Taba Crossing closed to Israelis traveling to Egypt and that the decision will be continuously reexamined in the coming days.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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