Beduin smugglers involved in helping Africans infiltrate Israel from Egypt are
believed to be stealing organs from those unable to pay them large sums for
their services, CNN reported on Thursday.
The New Generation Foundation
for Human Rights, based in El-Arish in North Sinai, and the EveryOne Group, from
Italy, have provided evidence of migrants’ bodies being found in the Sinai
desert with organs missing, according to the report.
'African migrants brutalized en route to Israel'
CNN quotes a Beduin
source as saying the Sawarka Beduin tribe was involved in such organ
Hamdy al-Azazy, head of the New Generation Foundation, has
photographs taken in a morgue in El-Arish, depicting corpses with scars in the
abdominal area. He said the organs were taken while the victims were still
“The organs are not useful if they’re dead. They drug them first
and remove their organs, then leave them to die and dump them in a deep dry well
along with hundreds of bodies,” CNN quoted him as saying.
using advanced technology come from a private hospital in Cairo to an area in
the deserts of mid-Sinai and conduct physicals on the Africans before they
choose those suitable; then they conduct the operation,” Azazy said.
report released by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel in February, 52 percent of
African migrants treated at a Jaffa clinic report having suffered physical abuse
while in Sinai.
Israeli NGOs have said they suspect that the situation
has worsened as Sinai has become more lawless since the Mubarak regime fell in
According to a report released earlier this year by the
Population, Immigration and Borders Authority, there were 33,273 “illegal
infiltrators” in Israel as of December 23, 2010, all of whom arrived by way of
the porous southern border with Egypt. Of these, 19,442 were from Eritrea, 8,256
were from Sudan, and 5,575 were from other countries in Africa.Ben
Hartman contributed to this report.