Jordanian authorities arrested a haredi family of eight from Beit Shemesh after they crossed the border into Jordan on Wednesday night under unclear circumstances.
The couple and their six children crossed the border near the Hivan River in the Arava. The IDF and Foreign Ministry were working to bring the family back to Israel.
An initial investigation found that the father belongs to a Canadian-based Jewish religious cult called Lev Tahor (Pure Heart) and was trying to escape with his family to Canada, according to a Channel 10 report.
It was not clear why the family could not leave the country legally, but Channel 10 cited measures taken by the father's relatives.