Israel to temporarily close southern Highway 12 amid Sinai tensions

During a security assessment Thursday night, Israel’s defense establishment decided to temporarily close Highway 12 in the South to vehicular traffic starting Friday at 5 a.m., amid tensions in the nearby Sinai Peninsula.

The IDF has increased vigilance in light of fighters linked to Islamic State having taken control of an Egyptian military armored vehicle and tank, creating concern that the Islamists in the volatile region might attempt to break into Israeli territory.

The decision was received was IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Gadi Eizenkot and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to cordon off the road – which runs from Eilat and northward near the border between Israel and Egypt before heading toward central Israel.


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