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83 arrested trying to cross Egypt border into Israel

Ahram Arabic Portal , Wednesday 8 Dec 2010
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Egyptian authorities arrested 83 people this morning trying to cross Egypt's borders illegally into Israel. Authorities said 63 of the illegal immigrants are from Ethiopia and 20 from Eritrea. They were arrested in the port city of Suez and had allegedly paid smugglers to help them cross the borders.

Authorities say that attempts by immigrants to enter Israel through Egypt's borders have increased over the past two years. Last week ten people were arrested trying to cross from the area of Al Kuntela in Sinai.

This year Israel declared that it is planning to build a 250 km security fence along the Egyptian-Israeli border, as well as a large detention center, to crack down on this flow of immigrants.

 

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