A day after deadly Islamic State bombings struck two Egyptian churches, Israel closed its southern border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday and urged Israelis holiday-makers to leave Egypt amid worries of another round of militant attacks.
As if to emphasize the warning, terrorists in the Sinai desert launched at rocket at southern Israel on Monday morning. The Islamic State militant group later claimed responsibility for the attack.
The ban will be in effect at the Taba crossing at least until April 18, the end of the Jewish holiday of Passover that begins at sundown on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
The attacks have also prompted Israeli security officials to tell Israeli tourists in the neighboring Sinai peninsula in Egypt to return home immediately. It only applies to Israeli citizens; foreigners will be allowed to cross the border.
The crossing will remain open for those seeking to return from Egypt, officials said.
President Donald Trump is joining in the worldwide condemnation of the church bombings in Egypt, and he says he is "so sad to hear of the terrorist attack" against the US ally.
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"The fatal terrorist attacks which took place today reflect once again the terror capability of the Islamic State", the anti-terror bureau said in a statement on Sunday.
This year, however, Israel has warned its citizens to avoid the area because of reported Islamist militant activity in the Sinai region. The attacks, carried out by suicide bombers and claimed by the Islamic State, came as worshipers gathered for Palm Sunday services.
Adraee also said that Israeli military forces were searching the area following the attack.
Israel issues travel recommendations from time to time based on intelligence reports.
Israel on Monday sealed its border crossing into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula following security assessments indicating an immediate threat to tourists posed by jihadists in the region. One person was killed and several others were injured.