TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
Israel is trying to obtain the release of four fishermen from Eilat detained by Egypt since Friday for violating its territorial waters on the Red Sea.
Israeli military sources said that according to their investigation, the Egyptian authorities in Nueiba were justified in seizing the men and their boat.
Apparently they were sailing within 50 yards of the Egyptian shore, in violation of an Israeli-Egyptian agreement forbidding vessels from coming within 300 yards of shore.
The fishermen were fined $300, but are unable to pay.