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23 people nabbed at Ben-Gurion with forged COVID tests

Travelers at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 5, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)
Travelers at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 5, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

Twenty-three individuals were removed from a plane heading from Israel to New York yesterday with faked negative COVID tests.

According to the Health Ministry and the Israel Police, United Airlines alerted health authorities at Ben-Gurion International Airport that they suspected the tests, which are required for entering the United States, were forged.

The tests were discovered to have been faked and the suspects were detained for questioning before being released on bail and fined, and their details were handed over to US authorities, say police. Additional punishments for the individuals are under consideration.

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