Israeli national Andre Pshenichnikov, 24, has been detained in Egypt since Friday, his family reported. The Foreign Ministry of Israel confirmed the information and launched an investigation of the case.
Egyptian security officials confirmed that they have arrested Pshenichnikov after he illegally entered from Israel into the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula near the Taba crossing.
According to the officials, he was trying to reach the Gaza Strip through Sinai to fight alongside Palestinians.
Friends of Israeli held in Egypt insist he's 'a peacenik' -
Andre Pshenichnikov's friends defended him Tuesday, saying he is neither a spy nor a terrorist, "Just a peace activist." "Andre is a sensitive, kind and non-violent guy," one of them said, adding, "I hope the State will help him even though he's a leftist."
Pshenichnikov's mother, Svetlana, told Ynet: "He was planning to meet
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