TEL AVIV (Aug. 26)
Israel is seeking details about the purported suicide in Cairo of an immigrant from the Soviet Union who entered Egypt illegally.
Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Ephraim Dubek, said he would lodge a formal complaint with the Egyptian government for failing to inform him that an Israeli citizen was being detained.
The immigrant, Gennady Schinitzky, reportedly jumped from a window at the Egyptian Interior Ministry. The Israeli envoy said he learned of the incident from the Cairo newspapers.
According to reports, Schinitzky slipped across the Egyptian border recently because he could find neither housing nor employment in Israel and was disillusioned with his new homeland.
The newspaper accounts said that when the Interior Ministry told him he would be returned to Israel, Schinitzky leaped from a window and cracked his skull on the pavement below.
Dubek said he would demand return of the body for burial in Israel.