Israeli Tourist Arrested by Egyptian Authorities in Sinai

Man released day later, his family say he may have been arrested for forgotten bullets left in backpack from army service days

A 24-year-old Rehovot man was arrested by the Egyptian authorities at the Sinai border crossing at Taba Tuesday and released a day later.

Nir Itach’s family said, based on reports from friends who were with him, that he was arrested because four rifle bullets were found in his backpack. They understood the bullets were left there from his military service as a combat engineer.

The Israeli consul-general in Cairo assisted in efforts to release Itah.

Almog Itach, Nir’s brother, told Haaretz that his brother had set out Tuesday morning with friends to vacation in Sinai. The four bullets were found at the crossing on the Egyptian side of the border.

Itach’s family understood he had been held in Nuweiba, on the Sinai peninsula.  Nuweiba is a popular beachside town for tourists. In recent years a growing number of Israeli tourists have continued to vacation in Sinai, despite terror warnigns.