Eilat highway reopens for traffic (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 02.26.12, 10:09)
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Route 12´s southwest segment to remain open between 8 am and 5 pm,
for first time since last August´s deadly border attack
Israel´s Route 12 which leads to Eilat opened for traffic on Sunday
for the first time since the terror attack that claimed the lives of
eight people last August, the IDF Spokesperson´s Unit said. The
decision was made based on recent status evaluations and extensive
prep work on security along the highway.
Southern Command Chief Major-General Tal Tusso decided that the
segment between the Sayarim Junction and the Netafim Checkpoint will
allow unlimited traffic between 8 am and 5 pm.
The IDF stressed that traffic is only permissible on the road itself
and that passengers will not be allowed to go off the road to the
area between the road and the international border.
Travelers driving east of Route 12 will have access to the road
between 8 am and 4 pm only.
The order does not apply to soldiers and officers required to enter
the area as part of their service duty.
As part of efforts to beef up security along Route 12 the army
erected a massive 23-foot high fence and dug ditches that run
alongside it to prevent the passage of vehicles.
In addition, dozens of new observation posts, equipped with security
cameras, antennas and radar systems, were positioned along the road.
The observation posts can monitor activity deep within the Sinai
Peninsula - in Egyptian territory.
The army has also taken measures aimed at preventing terrorists from
digging their way underneath the fence to the Israeli side of the
IDF elements nevertheless stressed there is still a danger of
abductions by Sinai terrorists. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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