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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Egyptian guards kill African at border with Israel

Egyptian border guards have fatally shot an African man and wounded a woman trying to cross the border with Israel.

The two were with 13 other African migrants trying to get to Israel from south of the town of Rafah on Tuesday.

Egyptian security and hospital officials say the dead man, an Ethiopian, and the Eritrean woman, ignored warning shots. They say the other migrants gave themselves up and were detained.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Hundreds of Africans seeking asylum and jobs try to reach Israel every year, often with the help of Bedouin traffickers. Egypt has killed dozens of migrants at the border, drawing criticism from rights groups. More