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Report: Israeli nabbed in Egypt asks for 'political asylum'
Cairo paper says Israeli-Arab detained after infiltrating Taba crossing; man says he's 'persecuted by Israeli government'
Roi Kais
Published: 01.12.13, 15:16 / Israel News
Egypt's al-Ahram weekly reported Saturday that an Israeli-Arab man was detained by authorities over the weekend after he illegally infiltrated the border.
Sinai security sources said that the man, who was detained near the Taba crossing, had no form of identification on his person.
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According to the report, the man said he was a resident of Tel Aviv and that he wanted to apply for "political asylum" in Egypt because he felt "persecuted by the Israeli government."
He further told investigators that he fled to Egypt because "he felt safe there."
The Egyptian prosecution has reportedly remanded the man for four days, pending further investigation.
The report of the arrest has not been corroborated by any Israeli source
Two weeks ago, Cairo authorities arrested 24-year-old Israeli national Andre Pshenichnikov on suspicion of espionage. Pshenichnikov has been remanded for 15 days.
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