Photo: Amir Cohen
Nahal Lavan area
Photo: Amir Cohen

Israeli held by Egypt for crossing border

Man who mistakenly crossed into Sinai on motorcycle is immediately taken in for questioning

An Israeli citizen, a resident of the small border town of Kadesh Barnea, has been arrested by Egyptian police after mistakenly crossing into Sinai on his motorcycle, a court cleared for publication Saturday.


The man, 36-year old Sagi Schori, crossed over in the area of Nahal Lavan, where the border is unmarked and no fence exists. Schori was traveling alone, and was arrested after crossing the road that winds along the Egyptian border.


AP has reported that Schori was taken in for questioning by security forces. The IDF says it is handling the case.


"Once he realized he had crossed the border it was already too late, because he was already on the road facing Egyptian policemen," Kadesh Barnea's military security officer, Amit Vered, explained.


"From there they put him in a jeep and took him along the border. They stopped at a few Egyptian checkpoints and then continued until they reached the area of Kerem Shalom. At the crossing we could no longer go north but they continued towards Rafah."


Vered has established a situation room in the town with help from Ramat Negev Regional Council, in order to keep in constant contact with the IDF.


The security officer said residents of the area tended to travel with weapons in tow, and that Schori was probably armed.


Schori, who has been residing in Kadesh Barnea for the past nine years, is married and has a son.


פרסום ראשון: 04.24.10, 15:52
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