Four young Russian women dressed in Arab Bedouin robes have been caught trying to sneak across the desert border between Egypt and Israel, police said Monday.
Capt. Mohammed Badr of North Sinai police said that after their arrest on Sunday the women told their interrogators they had paid thousands of dollars to smugglers to take them into Israel where they planned to find work. The smugglers got them to wear garments of the local Bedouin tribes.
When police spotted the group, they fired into the air and the smugglers fled, leaving the women near the border's barbed wire fence, Badr said.
The four women, all in their 20s, had entered Egypt as tourists.