Until at least April 18, the directive said, Israel will not permit its citizens to enter the Sinai through the Taba crossing; Israelis now on the peninsula can return to Israel.
"A projectile was launched from the Sinai peninsula and hit in the Eshkol regional council", an Israeli army statement said, referring to an area in the south of the country. Islamic State claimed responsibility for both incidents and warned of future attacks.
Israeli authorities made a decision to close the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt due to the threat of the possible terror attack in the Sinai Peninsula after Sunday's deadly attacks in northern Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, media reported Monday. Thousands of Israeli citizens were expected to travel to Sinai during Passover. Foreigners will be allowed to cross and Israeli citizens already in Egypt will be allowed to return.
Egypt is waging a military campaign against Islamist extremist militants in the Sinai, who have been behind attacks on Egyptian civilians and soldiers as well as periodic rocket fire into Israel.
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After a search of the area, police found the rocket in the community of Yuval, near the Egyptian border, in a greenhouse where tomatoes were being grown. A rocket attack originating in Sinai exploded inside Israel just hours after the border closure. Monday's travel warning was unusual in its urgency and it is rare for the Taba crossing to be shut down.
Yisrael Katz, Israel's transportation and intelligence minister, said in a statement Monday there was intel regarding a potential "terror attack" against tourists in the Sinai peninsula. As was the case in the Egyptian church bombings on Palm Sunday, terrorist elements tend to step up attacks during Jewish and Christian holiday seasons.
The Bureau requested that all Israelis located in Sinai contact them directly for status updates. Three were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense battery, while the fourth struck an open field outside the city.