No infiltrations from the Sinai Peninsula were recorded over the past 12 months, Population and Immigration Authority says
More than 2,400 illegal migrants were deported during the same period
Some 38,000 African migrants live in Israel illegally.
September 18, 2017
Not a single infiltration from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel was recorded over the past 12 months, the Population and Immigration Authority said on Sunday.
Officials credit this surprising statistic to the fence Israel built along its border with Egypt several years ago.
In 2016, only 18 people managed to cross into Israel from Egypt illegally while in 2015 the number of such infiltrators stood at 220.