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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )
Two men, from Eritrea and Ethiopia, were involved
in kidnapping Africans who tried to infiltrate Israel, according to an
indictment filed against them at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on
African immigrants were allegedly held hostage in Sinai and suffered
abuse, while the kidnappers contacted their relatives in Israel and
The men, Nagasi Habatti and Fatwei Mahri, cooperated with gangs
in Egypt and smugglers, as well as with contact people inside Israel,
the indictment alleged.
Israeli authorities launched an investigation into the matter
after two migrant workers from Eritrea and Ethiopia told police that
their relatives who had tried to come to Israel were being held in
Sinai for the last two months.
A third man investigated on suspicion of involvement in the plot, an Eritrean citizen, was put on conditional release.