Police revealed on Sunday a major kidnapping operation in Sinai, that involved
kidnapping Eritrean migrants and then extorting their families in Israel to pay
$15,000 in ransom.
Four Jews from Netanya including one teenager were arrested for serving as contacts between the Eritrean families and a a suspected Hamas operative in
East Jerusalem, who is suspected of transferring the money to Hamas in Gaza.
The kidnapping in
question took place on August 25, when the family of a kidnapped migrant was
approached. The family said he was kidnapped in Sinai and they had to pay 50,000 NIS in
two days in order for him to live.