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IDF bans civilians from road near Egypt border

(JTA) — The Israeli military banned civilian traffic from parts of a road running along Israel’s border with Egypt.

The Jerusalem Post reported Friday that the army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, announced the new instruction for traffic on Route 10 on Jan. 10.

Civilians will not be permitted to drive near the border without prior coordination, according to the new directive, which will last for a year.

In August 2011, a cross-border terror attack from the Sinai Peninsula killed eight Israelis on the road, leading the army to temporarily seal it off to traffic.

Since then, the IDF has carried out several measures to improve security in the area, including the construction of a new barrier along the border.

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