Sunday, September 19, 2010

Egyptian Police Kill Sudanese Migrant at Israeli Border

Agence France Presse
Egypt police kill migrant on Israel border

September 18, 2010

CAIRO — Egyptian police killed a Sudanese man and wounded three others on Saturday when they opened fire on would-be migrants trying to enter Israel, the official MENA news agency reported.

Mohammed Adam Sharafeddin, 38, died of the gunshot wounds while his three compatriots were taken to hospital and the rest of the group who were trying to cross the border were arrested, MENA said.

The death raises to 31 the number of migrants killed on Egypt's border with Israel since the beginning of the year -- most of them by Egyptian police.

Cairo has come under fire from human rights groups condemning its policy of using lethal force against migrants.

The 250-kilometre (150-mile) border has become a major trafficking route for African migrants seeking jobs in Israel.

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