Egypt questions 2 Israelis caught entering Sinai

October 25, 2006 13:03


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Egyptian military officials are interrogating two Israelis who have been detained after sneaking across the Sinai border, police said Wednesday. An Interior Ministry official said two Israeli Arabs were arrested on Tuesday morning after crossing the Israeli-Egyptian border near Taba, an Egyptian resort at the northern end of the Red Sea. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media, said the Israelis were being questioned to determine why they entered Egypt. In Jerusalem, Israeli officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment. An Egyptian military official in Sinai said the two Israelis were being held by the military at Taba. The military official spoke on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to the press. Smuggling of contraband and job seeking is frequent along Israel's border with Egypt. But when people are detained for illegal crossing, they are usually trying to get into Israel to find work. It is rare that Israelis are caught sneaking into Egypt.

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