Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Egyptian Police Kill Two Eritrean Migrants Bound For Israel

Egypt kills Eritrean migrant at Israel border

July 7, 2010

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian police shot and killed an Eritrean migrant as he tried to cross the border illegally into Israel, a security official said.

Police had warned the 36-year-old man to stop and when he refused they fired shots, the official said.

He was shot in the pelvis and died from internal bleeding. His body was then taken to the nearby El-Arish hospital, the official added.

The man's death brings to 20 the number of African migrants killed so far this year when attempting the crossing in search of a better life and job prospects in Israel.

Cairo has rejected harsh criticism from human rights groups of its policy of using potentially lethal force against the migrants along the 250-kilometre (150-mile) border.

BBC News
Egyptians shoot African migrant trying to enter Israel

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Egyptian border guards have shot dead a woman as she tried to cross the border illegally from Egypt into Israel.

The woman, who was Eritrean, had ignored orders to stop and was shot in the stomach and leg, officials said.

At least three other people, all Eritrean, were detained, including a child aged four.

Human rights activists have criticised Egyptian soldiers for killing dozens of African migrants at the border in the past two years.

The woman, 38, was shot close to the Egypt-Israeli border in central Sinai.

The death brings to 19 the number of African migrants killed this year while attempting the crossing into Israel, according to the AFP news agency.

At least 17 migrants were killed at the Egypt-Israel border in 2009. Egyptian police claim they are trying to control people-trafficking.

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