IDF soldiers in desert exercise 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Education Ministry will resume class trips to the South on Tuesday
despite the IDF’s high level of alert along the border with Egypt due to
fears that a terror cell is plotting a cross border attack.
IDF raised the level of alert along the border over the weekend but
senior officers said Monday that the military was heavily deployed
outside Eilat and surrounding areas as part of an effort to thwart the
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should carry on with their lives as usual and residents of Eilat can
sleep soundly at night,” one senior officer said, adding that the IDF
was working to stop the attack but that there was no guarantee it would
According to the officer, there have been regular terror alerts along
the Egyptian border on an almost weekly basis since the August cross
border attack during which Egyptian and Palestinian terrorists killed
On Monday, the Education Ministry banned schools and youth movements
from taking trips south of the Netafim Crossing on the Israeli-Egyptian
border due to the terror threats. However, the trips will resume on
“Today [Monday] we diverted school trips from the Netafim seasonal stream
outside Eilat in compliance with a directive from the Defense Ministry,” a
spokesperson from the Education Ministry said, refusing to go into detail.
“Tomorrow, the ban will be lifted.”
In addition, Edom Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Nadav Padan opened
additional areas for hiking on Monday that had been closed since the
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The IDF is concerned
that Palestinian and Egyptian terrorists will try to launch an attack
along the border with Israel in an effort to further worsen ties between
the two countries.
In recent months, Egyptian security forces have struggled to prevent
Palestinians from launching attacks against Israel from Sinai. Gunmen have
attacked Israeli targets on a number of occasions, and a pipeline from Egypt
supplying gas to Israel, Jordan and Syria has been blown up several times.
Amid fears of a growing terrorist presence in the Sinai Peninsula, the IDF decided last month to permanently establish a new regional brigade
along the Israeli-Egyptian border. The brigade will operate under IDF
Division 80 and will be responsible for securing the city of Eilat and
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