Egyptian police arrested a group of 18 Eritreans traveling on tourist bus through the Sinai desert Friday on suspicions they were intending to illegally cross into Israel, a Sinai security official said.
The Eritreans, among them a woman, were arrested after crossing the Suez Canal by ferry into the Sinai on a tourist bus, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
During questioning, the Africans admitted that they have paid US$300 (â‚¬210) for a middle man to take them to Sinai as tourists, where they were to meet a smuggler to help them cross the borders illegally, he added.
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