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The Egyptian authorities arrested members of an international gang accused of trading human body parts. The gang was captured by Egyptian authorities in collaboration with the Yemeni community in Egypt. The gang is accused of seducing ten Yemeni children to Cairo where their kidneys were removed in a hospital to be transplanted to patients in the hospital or be exported to other countries.
According to the head of the Yemeni community in Egypt Ahmad al-Gahmi, all members of the gang were arrested by Egyptian authorities and sent to al-Qanater prison. Al-Gahmi said the members of the gang are expected to be tried after the conclusion of investigations.
The gang is composed of 5 members headed by a Jordanian citizen named Fawaz Yosuf. The other four members of the gang are 3 Palestinians and a Yemeni national.
The gang was discovered when a Yemeni family living in Egypt informed the head of the Yemeni community there that their son was seduced by some people who took him to a private hospital and removed his kidney in return for US $5000.
However al-Gahmi affirmed that the arrested gang had links with an international criminal network that works in trading human body parts in Arab countries and in other foreign countries.
“This international criminal network has links with some private hospitals that are involved in these crimes and has been conducting secret surgical operations,” said al-Gahmi.
The Egyptian authorities have found the ten Yemeni children and extradited nine of them to their families in Yemen and the tenth to his family that lives in Egypt.
Meanwhile Seyaj civil organization has condemned these criminal acts that conflict with human rights. The Organization has also called for opening broad investigations on how the kids were seduced to Egypt. Seyaj insisted that investigations should also uncover whether there were other similar cases involving Yemeni children in Egypt or in any other countries.
The organization called on the security and judiciary bodies in Egypt and Yemen to launch further detailed investigations in order to find everyone who has been involved in such crimes and bring them to justice.