An Egyptian policeman gestures from an observation tower is seen from the Israeli side of the border with Egypt's Sinai peninsula, in Israel's Negev Desert February 10, 2016..
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)
An Israeli citizen was released early Wednesday morning after being arrested by Egyptian security forces on Tuesday near the Israel-Egypt border after gun bullets were found in his bag.
24-year-old Nir Yitach is believed to have been carrying a bag that he had previously used during his military service as an Israeli combat soldier.
Yitach's brother, Almog, told Israeli media that the bullets remained in the bag from his brother's time in IDF basic training.
"He hadn't touched the bag for years, and then suddenly decided to take it - I don't know why," Almog said. "They delayed him at the border for about four hours, and then came an Egyptian soldier or policeman, told him to get in a vehicle and took him into Egypt."
Israel's Foreign Ministry confirmed his release from Egyptian custody.