ISIS claims responsibility for rocket attack on Monday; Israel increases security, closes border crossing into Egypt
Just hours before Israelis begin celebrating Passover, ISIS fired a rocket from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel.
The rocket landed in the Eshkol region in a greenhouse, a man suffering from shock from the incident.
Israeli security forces are on high alert ahead of the holiday with increased security in the West Bank and the closing of the Taba border crossing from Israel into Egypt. Shortly after the closing of the border Monday morning, ISIS fired a rocket into Israeli territory.
The decision to close the border comes following the ISIS attack in Egypt on Palm Sunday as well as intelligence of possible Islamic State terrorism. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the closing of the border after consultation with Israel’s Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz.
Dozens were killed in two different explosions, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Sisi placing Egypt under a three-month state of emergency as the Egyptian military increases its efforts to eradicate Islamic State factions in Egypt.
Prime Minister Netanyahu sent Israel’s condolences following the attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt yesterday. He stated “Israel sends condolences to the families of those who were murdered in yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Egypt, and wishes for a quick and full recovery to the wounded. The world must unite and fight terrorism everywhere.”