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Israel Police at Ben-Gurion International Airport thwarted the smuggling of dozens of parrots. Animals smuggled from abroad without proper authorization may carry diseases that endanger public health.
In a joint operation of the Israel Police detectives at Ben-Gurion Airport and the Israel Nature & National Parks Protection Authority, 36 parrots stuffed into two suitcases were thwarted on Monday, 9 Elul.
Police surmise the birds were smuggled from Belgium to Israel, held inside cages that were placed in suitcases.
The suspects, ages 23 and 46, residents of the north, were detained for questioning and continued processing by the Israel Nature & National Parks Protection Authority.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/ Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesman Unit via Media Resource Group)