Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sudanese Migrant Shot Dead at Egypt-Israel Border

The Associated Press
Egyptian border guards fatally shoot African migrant trying to cross into Israel

Sarah El Deeb

CAIRO - An Egyptian official says border guards have fatally shot an African man and detained four as they tried to cross the border into Israel.

Hundreds of Africans seeking asylum and jobs try to illegally reach Israel every year in long desert trips, helped by Bedouin traffickers.

Egypt has killed dozens of migrants at the border in the past two years, drawing criticism from rights groups. The government says it fires warning shots first.

A security official said Saturday the 23-year-old man from Sudan's Darfur region died from a shot to the arm. Four other Sudanese were detained Friday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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