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Egypt: Authorities Return Lost Israeli Tourist

Egypt: Authorities Return Lost Israeli Tourist

Monday, 30 September, 2019 - 06:45
A general view of the Sinai Peninsula, south of Cairo, Egypt (File photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian authorities have returned the Israeli tourist to his home after he went missing last week in Egypt’s western desert region on the border with Libya.


Aviv Slobodkin, 26, had been traveling in Egypt’s western desert region since the beginning of this month, according to his family.


The family announced that their son returned to his home safe, on Sunday, without giving details as to why he disappeared and how he returned.


The young man traveled to Egypt early last month and maintained continuous contact with his family, however on Sunday, he said he had arrived in an area called “Farfara” and that he intended to go to Cairo immediately afterward.


It was the last time his family heard from him and Israeli police announced Slobodkin as missing and called on citizens to help find him.


His sister, Marina, said that the Egyptian authorities found Slobodkin in Sinai and that he lost contact due to a malfunction in phone signals and couldn’t call anyone, however, he is okay and was not hurt.


Earlier, anti-terrorism unit in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office issued a warning banning Jewish Israelis from entering Egyptian territory in general and Sinai in particular because of a real danger it posed to their lives.


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