July 2, 3015 - The Israel Defense Forces have been placed on high alert along the Israel-Sinai border following two days of clashes between the Egyptian security forces and Waliyat Sinai, the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked "Sinai Province" terrorists once known as Ansar Bayt al Maqdis.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot also ordered the closure of a major Negev highway due to the security concerns along Israel’s southern border. The road, which crosses the desert towards Eilat at the southernmost tip of the country, will be closed to civilian traffic beginning at 5 am tomorrow morning.
“We have our eyes open and are in full coordination with the Egyptian security forces,” said an Israeli army spokesperson. Thus far, Israel has allowed Egypt to deploy more troops in the Sinai Peninsula than is permitted under the terms of the 1979 peace treaty between the two nations.