POLICE in Spain and France have arrested nine members of a criminal gang who, it is claimed, smuggled more than 500 migrants by plane from Palestine to Northern Europe.
Five arrests were made in Spain and four in France.
The Operation Safar investigation found the network followed a very well organised modus operandi by using particular routes, including via Middle-Eastern countries, East Africa and South America in order to reach Spain.
The migrants were then accommodated in Madrid for the time it took to organise the continuation of their trip and the illegal border crossing to France and onwards by car.
Europol claim the people smugglers made some €9 million profit.