Egypt border 311.
(photo credit: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
Six months after a terrorist cell from Egypt infiltrated southern Israel and
murdered eight Israelis on Route 12, which straddles the Egyptian-Israeli
border, the IDF reopened the road to traffic on Sunday.
The army said it
reached its decision after evaluating the security situation, and after a series
of fortifications were installed along the route to protect passing civilian
During the time the road was closed (from August until now), the
IDF worked intensively to build defenses in sections that are adjacent to the
border, including the construction of a high barbed-wire fence, the introduction
of more patrols, and new army lookout positions.
Additionally, the IDF
said it created more effective terror-alert systems in the area that will allow
for lightening-quick responses to attacks stemming from the Sinai
OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo issued an order to
allow civilian traffic to begin flowing along the route between Sayarim Junction
to the Netafim junction between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A strict ban will be in
place against vehicles swerving off the road into the international border area,
which is a closed military zone.
Tourists will be allowed to walk along
the area east of the road during daytime hours only, the IDF added.
hundred kilometers of the 240-km.- long Egyptian-Israeli border is now protected
by the new barrier.
In August, eight people were killed and at least 29
were injured in terror attacks involving suicide bombings and automatic weapons
in the area.