Zionist occupation authorities reopened a border crossing into Egypt’s Sinai region Friday after a more than week-long closure due to security threats, but urged Israelis to avoid visiting the peninsula.
A statement from the prime minister’s office said that based on an assessment at the so-called counter-terrorism bureau, “it has been decided to allow the exit of Israeli citizens to Sinai via the Taba crossing.”
“At the same time the counter-terror bureau stresses that the threat to Israelis in Sinai remains severe, concrete and immediate,” the statement added, calling on citizens to avoid visiting the area and for those already there to leave.
The bureau had on April 10 taken the rare step of closing the crossing into Egypt, citing increased security threats, a day after a series of deadly bomb attacks on Egyptian churches.
Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who is also intelligence minister, said on Friday that the decision to close the crossing was based on “concrete threats” to Israelis in the Sinai over Passover, against a backdrop of increased activity of IS’s Sinai branch and the attacks in Egypt.