Saturday, 24 April 2010

Egypt police arrest Israeli Spy who crossed border into Sinai

Reminder: Israelis told to leave Sinai due to terror threat

Egyptian police said on Saturday that they arrested an Israeli who illegally crossed into the Sinai peninsula on a motorbike.

The police officers said that Sagi Shahori, a 36-year-old from Kadesh-Barnea, set off a police chase when he rode into the Sinai. Police are questioning him, but said he might have strayed into Egypt accidentally.

Signs marking the border were washed away in floods two months ago.

An Israel Defense Forces spokesman confirmed that an Israeli citizen
had crossed the border into Egypt. He declined to give further details.

The reason for his entering Egypt was being investigated with Israeli authorities, the source added.

The Israeli embassy in Cairo is working to release Shahori, who is married and the father of a 5-year-old boy.

Egypt has a long, porous border with Israel that is poorly fenced in places and in some parts unmarked altogether.

African migrants frequently try to cross into Israel in search of work.

In March, Egypt held Israeli journalist Yotan Feldman for a week after he entered the country and tried to track the movement of African migrants seeking work or asylum in Israel

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