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12 April 2017, 03:28 | Clarence Schmidt
Israel Offers Condolences For Egypt Church Attacks
While social media posts claiming that Israel was behind the strike began circulating following the attack, local media outlets made no such claims.
In a defiant speech, he warned the war against militants "will be long and painful" after he had ordered the army to protect "vital infrastructure" and increase security along Egypt's borders.
"Targeting Copts proves the failure of terrorists in confronting the security forces in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula". As in most years, some 20,000 Israeli tourists were expected to pass through the Taba crossing into Sinai.
Less than an hour after the border was closed, a rocket landed in a greenhouse in southern Israel.
Minutes after the ban was announced, the Israeli military said a rocket was launched from the Sinai and struck southern Israel, causing no injuries.
The Israeli government said its intelligence indicated "increased activity" by the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula and a "desire to commit terrorist attacks against tourists in Sinai, including Israelis, in the immediate term".
The Israeli government shut down its border crossing with Egypt Monday in response to a threat of a terrorist attack.
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The attacks have also prompted Israeli security officials to tell Israeli tourists in the neighboring Sinai peninsula in Egypt to return home immediately.
According to the IDF, the rocket was sacked from the Sinai Peninsula, presumably by the Islamic State terrorist group's affiliate there.
Israel's anti-terrorism office issued the recommendation on Sunday, citing what it said was a heightened alert level and twin church attacks that killed dozens of Christian worshippers.
Monday's travel warning was rare in its urgency.
Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries that have signed a peace treaty with the Jewish state.
The first explosion occurred about 9:30 at St. George's Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo.
But in December, the Islamic State changed tactics and orchestrated a bombing at Cairo's Coptic Christian cathedral complex that killed at least 25 people and wounded 49. Tawadros had been attending a mass at the church but a Coptic Church official said he had left before the blast.
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