Egyptian police arrest 13 Africans trying to cross into Israel

Egyptian police arrested 13 Africans on Sunday as they tried to cross into Israel to look for work or political asylum there, a police official said. The arrested Africans included men, women and children from Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Sudan, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to talk to the media. The traffickers had charged each African from the group US$500 for shelter and passage from Cairo, the Egyptian capital where the group was first assembled, and across Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to the Israeli border, the official said. From there, they were to be smuggled into Israel just a few kilometers (miles) south of the Rafah border crossing point.