In light of the unrest in Egypt, Israel has been preparing for the possibility that tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers in that country could flood across the border into Israel in fear of their lives.
Army and Border Police forces have been beefed up along the Egyptian border also out of fear that terrorists could exploit the situation to cross the border and perpetrate attacks inside Israel. In addition, military planners are concerned that masses of Sinai Bedouin might seek to flee Egypt for Israel.
“We know that if the Bedouin start fleeing the Egyptian army, it will be into Israel,” said Shmuel Rifman, chairman of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council.
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