Egyptian authorities have arrested doctors, nurses and professors suspected of being involved in an international organ trafficking ring.
The arrests of at least 25 people on Tuesday also included organ buyers and middlemen, the country’s Administrative Control Authority said.
Authorities also found “millions of dollars and gold bullion”. It is illegal to purchase organs in Egypt, but poverty drives some to sell their body parts.
The Administrative Control Authority, a powerful anti-corruption body, claimed the network targeted on Tuesday was “made up of Egyptians and Arabs taking advantage of some of the citizens’ difficult economic conditions so that they buy their human organs and sell [them] for large sums of money”.