Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment

Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment

Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment

Israel reopened the Taba Crossing on Friday, allowing Israelis to travel to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Sinai is popular with Israeli tourists for its pristine beaches and coral reefs.

The closure of the border marked one of the few times the Taba crossing has been shut down since its opening in 1982, following the Israeli-Egyptian peace deal: It was closed in 2011, when Israel also assessed there was a high risk of terror attacks; and it was shut down in 2014, following a terror attack on the Egyptian side of the border.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau, which made the decision, nevertheless warned that "the threat to Israelis in Sinai remains serious, concrete and imminent".

The crossing was closed on April 10, on the eve of Passover, after attacks claimed by ISIS on Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

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.

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.