Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim announced, Thursday, that Egyptian troops will establish a "sterile" buffer zone at the Taba border crossing, near the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat, in an effort to prevent terrorists and explosives from entering the crossing. Ibrahim spoke during a visit to the visit to the area with Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou.
The Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Makdis said one of its terrorists carried out a suicide bombing at the beginning of the week at the crossing, killing three Korean tourists and their Egyptian driver. Zaazou rejected claims the group threatened all tourists remaining in the country, claiming it does not have an account on Twitter, where the threats were made, or any other social media. He also said the group does not use email.