Egyptians foil infiltration attempt (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 06.03.12, 21:00)
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Infiltration of 36 African migrants to Israel prevented due to
coordination between IDF, Sinai security forces
Egyptian forces prevented the infiltration of African migrants into
Israel over the weekend. On Friday, an IDF force stationed in the
Eilat Mountains detected a group of 36 people trying to cross the
border, where a fence has yet to been erected. They then alerted the
Egyptian forces who foiled the attempt, unlike most cases.
According to available details, IDF soldiers had warned the
infiltrators not to cross the border as the Egyptian officers arrived
at the scene and prevented the infiltration.
IDF forces deployed along the border witness shooting incidents
involving the Egyptian forces and Bedouins who try to smuggle
narcotics, weapons and infiltrators into Israel on a daily basis. The
IDF is witnessing growing infiltration efforts as construction of the
fence progresses. The fence has already been breached once, a month
Meanwhile, members of the Knesset´s Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee toured the Egyptian border to study the infiltration
problem on Sunday. The MKs also visited the Saharonim holding
facility. MK Arieh Eldad (National Union) said that infiltrators who
disobey warnings should be shot.
MK Ofir Akunis said, "This is a national concern. There are two
things that need to be done immediately: Complete the fence and
return the infiltrators to their countries of origin or a third
The majority of infiltrators who cross the border illegally are taken
by IDF soldiers to the Saharonim facility. Those who declare
themselves citizens of Sudan and Eritrea are questioned by
Immigration Authority officials but are not checked for eligibility
for refugee status. Israel is obliged to award those deemed refugees
Eritreans and Sudanese are usually issued a certificate which states
it is not a work permit.
However, subject to a January 2011 High Court ruling, the visa allows
the foreigners to work and prevents their employers from being
sanctioned until a detention center is built.
The foreigners who leave Saharonim are given public transportation
vouchers and usually head to south Tel Aviv from Beersheba.
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