Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau: Taba Border Crossing to remain closed until further notice

The Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau announced that crossing over into the Sinai Peninsula from Israel is prohibited following an assessment meeting. The Taba Border Crossing closed on Passover Eve and was supposed to reopen at the end of the holiday. The decision will be evaluated over the next few days depending on developments of the security situation.
Taba Border Crossing Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau announced this evening (Tuesday) that the Taba Border Crossing into Sinai will remain closed as the result of an assessment meeting that was held today. According to the bureau, the decision to maintain the closure of crossing from the Israeli side to the Egyptian side will be examined over the next few days depending on security developments.

The Taba Border Crossing closed a week ago on Passover Eve after concrete information was received regarding a suspected terror attack within the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli political leadership approved the move as a result of multiple travel warnings and the desire to prevent Israelis from entering the peninsula.

According to the initial decision, the border crossing was supposed to reopen at the end of the holiday, but the bureau decided to lengthen this policy. The decision is only relevant for Israeli citizens, so foreign tourists may to cross into Sinai. Furthermore, Israelis are able to cross back into Israel from Sinai.



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