‘Miracle’ at airport as wheelchair-bound man walks after arrest
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‘Miracle’ at airport as wheelchair-bound man walks after arrest

Airport officials suspect 'nephew' and 'aunt,' who said they came for urgent medical treatment, were trying to enter country illegally

A view of Ben Gurion International Airport near Lod on May 8, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
A view of Ben Gurion International Airport near Lod on May 8, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A “miracle” occurred at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport over the weekend, when a wheelchair-bound man who arrived in an ambulance got up and walked off with officials, who had detained him after they became suspicious that he was attempting to enter Israel illegally.

The 38-year-old man arrived on a flight from Georgia, along with a 40-year-old woman who claimed to be his aunt. They told security officials that he had come to Israel for urgent medical treatment following a serious stroke that had left him paralyzed, Walla news reported Monday.

Officials became suspicious because the two had no hotel reservations, but carried large amounts of cash.

During questioning, it emerged that the two knew nothing about each other.

Suspected illegal entrant ‘miraculously’ walks to detention cell at Ben Gurion Airport after arriving in wheelchair, August 2018. (Screen capture: Walla news)

The “aunt,” whose husband is in Israel, according to the report, was unable to say anything about her “nephew’s” medical condition.

Officials discovered that the man had deleted all the information from his phone, including his contacts and old messages, the report said.

The immigration officials suspect that the two strangers teamed up in Georgia and attempted to enter Israel together illegally.

When officials detained the couple and sent them to a cell in the airport, ahead of returning them to Georgia, the man got out of his wheelchair and walked unaided down the stairs.

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