Two young Iranians were arrested in Nairobi, Kenya, this week while trying to use falsified Israeli passports to board a flight, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Friday.
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The two, a man and a woman in their early twenties, were booked to fly to Brussels and then on to Israel. They went by the names of Adi and Avshalom.
The two Iranians are currently in detention in Nairobi, where they are being questioned. At this stage it is unclear why they were attempting to enter Israel.
Copies of the passports were provided to the Israeli immigration authority, which found that they were legitimate passports that had been lost or stolen abroad, with the original photos replaced.
Investigations into the incident have been launched by both Kenya and Israel.
It was not the first time that Iranians have been discovered using Israeli passports In 2013, an Iranian man was arrested at the Israeli embassy in Nepal, after he was found using an Israeli passport to scout out potential terror targets.
An Iranian agent was deported from India in 2012 for spying on the Chabad House in Koregaon Park and other Jewish targets; an additional Iranian spy ring was likewise discovered in Turkey.
Israeli officials said that the incident further demonstrates the necessity and advantages of biometric passports, which are impossible to forge.
The Population and Immigration Authority introduced biometric passports in late June 2013. A biometric passport requires fingerprints of the two index fingers, and a picture of a person's facial features.
The Population and Immigration Authority stressed that biometric documentation was the only one that could ensure the personal safety of the individual and safeguard his identity.