Israel detains 4 Sudanese infiltrators at border with Egypt

Israel detains 4 Sudanese infiltrators at border with Egypt
# 28 April 2014 17:51 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Israeli security forces detained four Sudanese nationals on Monday for illegally crossing Israel's western border with Egypt, Israel National News reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The infiltrators, aged from 24 to 33, initially arrived in Egypt, where they paid a smuggler 500 U.S. dollars each to help them cross the border into Israel, the report said.

It was not clear how the men succeeded in breaching the hi-tech barrier Israel built along the 230 km-long border to defend against Sinai-based militants and to stem the flow of migrants.

They were transferred to Saharonim, a desert holding facility, where they could spend up to a year in custody after Israel last year toughened its Infiltration Prevention Law in a bid to crack down on African labor migrants and asylum seekers.

Besides the four men, 15 other infiltrators had been arrested since the beginning of this year, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority said.

An estimated 60,000 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese, currently reside in Israel. And majority of them live in south Tel Aviv and the Red Sea port of Eilat.

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