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Friday, June 15, 2007 

Illegal immigrants sent back to Egypt

83 Egyptians who entered Syria illegally are on their way back home.

The group was arrested, and it's claimed they were on their way - illegally - into Turkey and then to Italy. They entered Syria through the Jordanian border, and were detained a week ago.

Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian gangsters helped them through. And it was claimed the gangsters were demanding a ransom from the families - that's being denied by Egyptian authorities.

An Egyptian newspaper says the father of one of the men claimed his son went to work in Jordan where a Jordanian convinced him to travel to Italy. The gang demanded $1700 which the father paid. He promised him the boy would be released in Lebanon. He has not been heard of since.

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