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        2/17/2014, Adar 17, 5774

      Report: Fewer Infiltrators in Eilat

      The number of illegal infiltrators in the Israeli Red Sea port of Eilat has been cut nearly in half (from 6,000 to 3,100) because of increased enforcement by the Interior Ministry's Population and Immigration Authority, according to a Monday-morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. The newspaper cited figures given last Thursday to Mayor Yitzhak Halevi by authority Director-General Amnon Ben-Ami.

      A large number who left returned to their country of origin of their own free will. Ben-Ami announced the opening of a regular branch of the authority, which is intended to help those who want to leave and to carry out operations against those that hire illegals.