Israeli detained at the Egyptian border with bullets has been released home

Less than a day after being detained at the Egyptian-Israeli border crossing for carrying a few rounds of M-16 bullets, likely leftover from his military service, 24-year-old Nir Yatah from Rehovot was released home.
Nir Yatah Photo Credit: Yatah's Family/Channel 2 News

Nir Yatah, the young Israeli who was arrested on yesterday (Tuesday) at the Egyptian border with bullets in his bag, has been released home. The 24-year-old from Rehovot arrived at the border crossing with the bag he used during his military service in which rounds of an M-16 were found. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the details.

As previously reported by JOL, in a conversation with Channel 2 News Online, Almog, Yatah’s brother, said yesterday that he was making his way to the border crossing to release him. "I received the news for the first time at 3 pm, I tried to make a few phone calls and drove to the Egyptian border," he said. “I’m trying to do everything possible so that my brother will not be in jail,” Almog said. “It’s not an Israeli prison, they’re not willing to give him a phone call and all because of some nonsense. He's a discharged soldier and a good person. He was a soldier in combat engineering and he finished with honors.”

“From what I understood, Nir arrived at the border in the morning,” his brother continued. “They found several M-16 bullets from his basic training. He hasn’t touched that bag in years and suddenly decided to take it, I don’t know why. From there, they detained him for approximately 4 hours, before an Egyptian soldier or police officer arrived and took him into Egypt.”

Almog said that the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to help the family: "The Foreign Ministry transferred me and does not allow me to speak with the consul - I even came to an Egyptian resident and told him to try to help us. Just trying to reach him, to calm him and tell him that we're here, my goal is to see what I'm doing at the border - if I have no choice I'll go to the police station myself."

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