Tel Aviv woman caught trying to smuggle Palestinians into Israel in trunk

Woman has three daughters in car, including 1-year-old baby; admits to trying to smuggle men into Israel for money.

May 11, 2014 10:51
Smuggling Palestinians

Border crossing officers find 2 Palestinians in trunk of car. (photo credit: DEFENSE MINISTRY)


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A Tel Aviv resident was arrested attempting to illegally smuggle two Palestinians in the trunk of her car into Israel from the West Bank at the Hotze Shomron crossing early Sunday morning.

The woman, whose three daughters were also in the vehicle, is believed to have been attempting to smuggle the men into Israel in exchange for money.

Security personnel at the crossing noticed that the car's back half was suspiciously weighed down and ordered the driver to stop the vehicle. She failed to heed the order, continuing to drive past the crossing.

The officers succeeded in stopping the vehicle, discovering that the woman had her three children in the car - a 23-year-old, a seven-year-old and a one-year-old baby.

When the officers opened the trunk they discovered the two Palestinian men attempting to enter Israel without documentation laying side-by-side.

According to the Defense Ministry, the woman admitted to smuggling the men in exchange for money. She was transferred to Ariel Police, along with her three daughters.

The two Palestinian men were also detained.

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