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Reports: Israel reopens border crossing into Egypt after 11-day closure

Friday 21-04-2017 - 12:09 PM
Reports: Israel reopens
Tel Aviv - he Taba border crossing from Israel into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which has been closed since early last week, reopened on Friday.

Times of Israel news site and Associated Pres News Agency reported earlier today that Israel's counterterrorism office said on Friday the Taba crossing is reopened but warned that the threat to Israelis in Sinai remains "severe, concrete and immediate."

It recommended against visiting Sinai now and advised those already there to "leave immediately."

Israel shut the border a day after militants in Egypt bombed two churches earlier this month, killing dozens of Christian worshippers during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

Earlier this week, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a policeman and wounded at least three in Sinai, near a tourist area along the Red Sea coast.

Sinai is popular with Israeli tourists for its pristine beaches and coral reefs.
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Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister Office in Jerusalem on January 22, 2017. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool)

The initial closure was ordered by Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, after discussion with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and other security officials, according to a Transportation Ministry statement.

“This was an intelligence-security decision that was made in light of information that indicated plans to carry out a terror attack against tourists by Daesh’s Sinai Province,” Katz said, using the Arabic nickname for the Islamic State.

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