Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment

21 Avril, 2017, 19:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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Israel reopened the Taba Crossing on Friday, allowing Israelis to travel to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"According to a Counter Terrorism Bureau assessment and with the approval of the government, it was made a decision to allow Israeli citizens to exit through the Taba crossing to Sinai", the bureau said in a statement.

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

Nonetheless, it stressed that "the threat posed to Israelis in the Sinai remains serious, concrete and immediate, as reflected in the serious travel warning and the recommendation to refrain from visiting the area, and calling on all tourists to leave immediately".

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Two Israeli citizens who were planning a vacation in Sinai filed a petition last week against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Transportation Minister, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Israel Airports Authority, which administers Israel's border crossings, to have the border crossing re-opened before the end of the holiday on April 18.

The High Court of Justice upheld the border closure, however, ruling that there was justification in the decision to prevent Israelis from travelling to Sinai.

Three leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate in Egypt were among 19 jihadists killed in airstrikes in north Sinai, Egypt's military said on April 20.

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