Israel closes Eilat airport over security concerns

Max j. Rosenthal, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military on Thursday ordered the closure of the airport in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, citing unspecified security reasons, a spokesman said.

The military instructed the airport to cancel all landings and departures until further notice, said a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. He said the decision was made as a result of a security assessment, but did not elaborate.

Eilat, on Israel's southern tip, is a major destination for domestic and international tourists. It is close to Egypt's increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula. Militants have fired rockets from the Sinai toward Eilat in the past, but it was not immediately clear if concern about rocket fire prompted the current closure.