Police generic in english crime scene 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
The body of an Israeli washed ashore in Sinai and was transferred to Israel on
Mano Maritime cruise lines confirmed that an Israeli man
went missing on one of its vessels three weeks ago, which he boarded in Haifa.
Mano said it doesn’t know what happened to the man or if he vanished before or
after the boat left Haifa, from where it set sail for Cyprus.
that they have no idea if the man in question is the same one who washed up in
Sinai, despite media reports saying so. When asked about the reports, Israel
Police did not confirm, only saying that the missing man set off on a private
boat earlier this month for Cyprus when he disappeared.
authorities transferred the body to Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing. The
body was discovered three days ago on the beach at Sheikh Zuweid, an Egyptian
Beduin town near the Gaza border in North Sinai.
The body was first
transferred to a hospital in nearby El-Arish, where the Egyptian authorities
undertook an autopsy examination, the Egyptian newspaper Al- Wafd
cited an unnamed medical source from the El-Arish
hospital who said that during the autopsy, medics found five gunshot wounds on
The source said that the Israeli citizen’s death had occurred
before the body had been thrown into the sea, but that it had been difficult to
determine more information because the body had decomposed during its time in
the water, according to Al-Wafd.
The source added that the postmortem at
El-Arish indicated that the Israeli citizen had been dead for about five
The Egyptian source told Al- Wafd
that the corpse had likely washed
up onto the Egyptian beach but the murder occurred outside Egyptian territory,
either in Israel or in Gaza. Egyptian prosecutors had therefore closed the file
when they handed over the body to Israel, the source noted.