Report: Egyptian intel on terrorists in Sinai prompted Eilat Airport closure

August 9, 2013 16:01

The IDF's decision to close the Eilat Airport on Friday was a precautionary measure taken by Israel based on Egyptian intelligence that terrorists in Sinai planned to target the Jewish state with missiles, an Egyptian security source told the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency on Friday.

The IDF instructed the Israel Airports Authority to close down the airport in the southern city which borders Egypt due to a "security assessment." The IDF did not release any specific details on the security reasons which prompted the closure. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ordered the airport reopened after some two hours.According to the Egyptian official cited by Ma'an, Salafi terrorists in Sinai planned to target Israel with shoulder-launched missiles with a range of 70 km, which would put them in well in range of the airspace over Eilat Airport.

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