Photo: Lior Yado
Taba border crossing (archives)
Photo: Lior Yado

Man who swam into Egypt returned

Mentally ill Eilat resident, 44, arrives at Taba crossing after spending 10 days in Egyptian jail, taken into questioning by police

A 44-year-old man who crossed the border to Egypt while swimming was returned to Israel on Saturday morning after spending 10 days in detention, following the Foreign Ministry and Israel Defense Forces' intervention.


After reaching the Taba crossing, the man was taken to a police station for questioning.


The man, a mentally ill Eilat resident, crossed the border in the sea and was arrested by Egyptian security forces. After he went missing, and the police and Israel Defense Forces turned to the Egyptian authorities on Sunday, and they confirmed that he had been arrested by them.


According to the police, it was the second time the man had crossed the border. They warned that the incident could repeat itself and therefore decided to send him to a psychiatric evaluation. His family is waiting for the medical experts' decision.  


Bike rider Sagi Shchori, 36, who was held in Egyptian custody for four days, was returned to Israel on Tuesday night. Shchori, who accidentally crossed the border in a fenceless area, was received by security elements as well as his wife, father and close relatives in the Kerem Shalom crossing.


His father, Meir, said that "the event concluded in a very short time due to a group of people in our country which helped us from the beginning and until now." The father also noted that the fact that his son came back with all his equipment, including his cellular phone, showed he wasn't ill-treated by the Egyptians, "who realized it was a mistake."


Ahuva Mamos contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 05.01.10, 11:54
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