Drone strike kills one in Egypt's Sinai

Drone strike kills one in Egypt's Sinai

Drone strike kills one in Egypt's Sinai

A rocket fired from the Sinai peninsula landed in southern Israel on Monday, with tensions high in the area following two deadly church bombings in Egypt.

Israeli authorities closed the border due to warnings of an "imminent" attack against tourists at Red Sea resorts in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

The Sinai has traditionally been a popular destination for Israelis - especially during the upcoming Passover holiday.

The border closure appeared triggered by the bombing of Coptic churches on Sunday in the northern Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria that killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100.

Israel's Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said in a statement on Monday that there were indications that militants would potentially target tourists there.

Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The statement urged Israelis already in the Sinai to return home immediately, reiterating a travel advisory that Israel's Anti-Terrorism Directorate issued on March 27.

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The crossing will remain open for those seeking to return from Egypt, officials said. The ministry said they were plotting attacks against Christians.

Israel called on its citizens to leave Egypt on the eve of the Passover holiday that commemorates the biblical Exodus story of the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt.

The military forces in cooperation with the police have recently announced eliminating terrorists at Central Sinai's Mount Halal area, a part of North Sinai province bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

"Sunday's blasts represent one of the episodes of the conflict between terror groups and the Egyptian state and they are meant to largely pressure the Egyptian administration and weaken the country's national unity", Ghobashi told Xinhua.

Israel signed a peace treaty with neighboring Egypt in 1979, and the two countries maintain close security cooperation.

As if to emphasize the warning, terrorists in the Sinai desert launched at rocket at southern Israel on Monday morning.

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