Southern threat
Photo: Yair Sagi, Yedioth Ahronoth

IDF: Eilat residents face terror threat

Following Monday's terror alert, army spokesman says threat from Sinai persists

Residents of Israel's southernmost city, Eilat, are facing a persistent terror threat from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the IDF's spokesman warned Monday.


Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai confirmed that construction of the Egypt border security fence was halted earlier Monday at three sites as result of concrete terror warnings. He added that he cannot say that Eilat residents can rest easy at this time. "Saying something like that would be irresponsible," the army spokesman told Ynet.


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Addressing the threat from the Sinai, Mordechai said: "Sinai has turned into a no-man's land; Palestinian and global terrorism found a convenient region there for setting up terror infrastructures. For this reason, unfortunately I cannot promise (that there will be no attacks.")


The army refers to the Egyptian peninsula as "a region where one can trade in terror attacks," the IDF spokesman said. "We are facing many warnings on our Western border, but I can promise Eilat residents that the IDF is focusing the maximal efforts and forces in order to protect the sector."


'No reason to fear'  

Brigadier-General Mordechai said that Eilat residents have no reason to fear, but should be alert and follow the IDF's instructions regarding travel on area roads. He added that at this time the army has not declared the highest level of alert in the region.

IDF jeep near border (Photo: Yair Sagi, Yedioth Ahronoth)
IDF jeep near border (Photo: Yair Sagi, Yedioth Ahronoth)

Referring to the construction of the border fence, Mordechai said: "Once in a while, when we have a warning for a certain section, we freeze the construction and hold a situation assessment. However, the construction momentum continues…out of the 400 people working on the fence simultaneously, only 30 people stopped working."


The IDF spokesman added that the army's chief of staff is receiving regular reports about the constructing pace and has set December 12th, 2012 as the target date for completing the project.






פרסום ראשון: 12.05.11, 19:52
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