Police officers who stopped a transport van Sunday on the outskirts of Modi'in were surprised to discover that the vehicle's passengers included 29 Palestinians crammed in the back.
The Renault van had left Jerusalem and was heading west when Modiin policemen noticed how slowly the vehicle was moving.
They asked the driver to pull over and when they opened the back door they discovered the Palestinian passengers crammed inside, without any safety measures or ventilation. The 29 were all in Israel without permits.
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The driver was taken for questioning and the vehicle was impounded.
The detainees included Palestinians with security-related backgrounds, who were taken by police for further questioning.