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School trips in south canceled over security concerns

In unusual move, Education Ministry bars school trips south of Highway 12 due to IDF assessments indicate of imminent terror threat in the area

The Education Ministry issued an irregular travel advisory on Monday, barring schools and youth movements' excursions in southern Israel.


The highly unusual move stems from security concerns following IDF intelligence assessments indicating an imminent threat of terror south of the Netafim crossing, south of Highway 12 and near Eilat.


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Eilat itself does not fall under the advisory's guidelines, the Education Ministry's situation room said.


School trips that were planned for Monday and the rest of the week have been canceled or rerouted to other part of Israel.


מחסום על כביש 12, צפונית לאילת (צילום: אליעד לוי)

Roadblock on the way to Eilat (Photo: Eliad Levy) 


The defense establishment warned of an imminent threat of terror in the area on Sunday.


As part of the precautionary measures taken by the defense establishment, work on the Israel-Egypt border fence has been temporarily suspended.


August saw an Islamic Jihad terror cell infiltrate Israel through Sinai. The terrorists' killing spree left seven Israelis dead and 31 wounded.


Highways 10 and 12, where the attacks took place, have been partially closed to civilian traffic ever since.


A recent security assessment held by the defense establishment as part of lessons learned form the attacks has prompted the IDF to order a change in civilian and military flight routes in the area.



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