Friday, September 17, 2010

Egypt: Police Kill Sudanese Attempting To Enter Israel

The Canadian Press
Egyptian police kill Sudanese trying to enter Israel

Ashraf Sweilam

(CP) – Sep 10, 2010

EL-ARISH, Egypt — An Egyptian security official says police have killed a Sudanese migrant trying to cross into Israel.

The official says the police fired warning shots but the migrant refused to surrender on Friday about 100 miles (160 kilometres) south of the Rafah border crossing with Israel.

The official said police also arrested two Eritrean migrants south of Rafah in a separate incident.

They Eritreans said they had paid $1,000 each to Bedouin traffickers to help them cross into Israel.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

Many migrants seeking political asylum and jobs try to cross into Israel with the help of Bedouin traffickers. Egypt has killed dozens of migrants in the past two years, drawing criticism from rights groups.

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