Egypt Jails Israeli 15 Days

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -

Egyptian security officials say a former sergeant in the Israeli army has been ordered detained for 15 days for investigation into his illegal entry from Israel into the Sinai Peninsula.

The authorities say the 24-year-old unarmed Israeli has been in custody since Friday. They announced the arrest Monday.

The officials said Tuesday he is under investigation in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for allegedly trying to reach the Gaza Strip through Sinai. They have identified him as Andrew Yaacoub Cheteko.

Known in Israel as Andre Pshenichnikov, the Jewish immigrant from Tajikistan made headlines last year when he announced he wanted to move to a refugee camp in solidarity with Palestinians in Yehudah and Shomron.