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Over 50,000 Israelis are expected to cross the border into Sinai and Egypt this coming Passover holiday despite warnings by the security establishment, the Airports Authority reported Monday.

Security officials have recently advised Israelis to stay away from the Sinai peninsula after Hamas militants breached Israel's border with Gaza in Januray, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to stream into Egypt unchecked.

Ben-Gurion Airport will also handle heavy traffic over the holiday season, with over half a million people due to pass through its gates - a rise of 25 percent compared to the same time last year.

Almost 2000 flights and over 120 thousand visitors are expected to head south to Eilat over the Pesach holiday, which begins on Wednesday and ends April 29.