CBNNews.com - Since last week's breaching of the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, terror alerts are at the highest level since the beginning of the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) in the fall of 2000.
According to senior sources in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), many Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists have crossed the open border into Egypt.
"We know for certain that some of the 'bad guys' crossed into Egypt together with the Gazans who came to buy supplies," one IDF officer said. "Now they're hoping it will be much easier to launch attacks across the border with Egypt than from Gaza," he said.
The IDF estimates up to 20 terror cells may be working together to use the Sinai as "a platform to launch significant attacks on targets in Israel."
Since last week's planned destruction of the steel and concrete wall near the Rafah crossing, the IDF has bolstered its presence along the border.
A day after Israelis vacationing in Sinai were admonished to return from Egyptian resorts, the IDF temporarily closed tourist sites and hiking trails near the border.
In Israel's southernmost resort city of Eilat, two companies of border police have been deployed to avert attacks by Palestinian terrorists now in Egypt.
Source: The Jerusalem Post