Sunday, October 31, 2010

Egypt: Police kill Sudanese migrant at Israel border

Agence France-Presse
Egypt police shoot dead Sudanese migrant at Israel border

October 30, 2010

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian border guards shot dead a Sudanese migrant who was trying to slip across the frontier into Israel on Saturday, a security official said.

The official said the 28-year-old was shot in the head after the guards traded fire with smugglers who accompanied several migrants early in the morning.

Two Sudanese migrants in the group were arrested and the others fled with the smugglers.

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch this month urged Egypt to stop shooting migrants, saying its security forces have killed at least 85 migrants trying to cross into Israel since 2007.

Egypt, which holds the rotating chair of the United Nations refugee agency's governing body, says its police fire warning shots in the air.

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