Egypt nabs 4 Israeli guards in Red Sea

Israelis panic when approached by Egyptian coast guard, dump weapons overboard, arousing suspicions; detainees eventually released.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 9, 2011 10:06
1 minute read.
Egyptian security boat in Red Sea [illustrative]

egyptian boat red sea 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Egyptian security forces on Wednesday arrested four Israeli security guards on an Israeli vessel in the Straits of Tiran, the Foreign Ministry allowed for publication on Friday.

The four were being ferried to Eilat after disembarking from a cargo ship on its way to the Suez Canal.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Savir's Corner: The Egyptian connection
Man indicted for stoning Egyptian consulate in Eilat

The ship was carrying weapons and ammunition that it received from the Ofer Sfanot company and that were meant to be used for protection from Somali pirates.

When Egyptian security forces approached the vessel, the guards apparently panicked – despite being legally employed – and threw their weapons overboard. This aroused the suspicions of the Egyptians, who arrested the four security guards as well as the four-man crew, presuming criminal activity.

The Foreign Ministry worked to explain the misunderstanding and secure the freedom of the guards and crew. All eight were released and returned to Eilat Friday morning.

Egyptian authorities released the ship on Saturday morning, Israel Radio reported.



Israeli security guards are often employed to protect cargo on ships as they sail off the coast of Africa, for fear of pirate attacks. The guards disembark before the ships enter the Gulf of Suez, as weapons are forbidden in the Suez Canal.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN