Egypt: Refugee trying to pass into Israel wounded

July 23, 2007 20:09

Egyptian police shot and wounded a Sudanese refugee as he tried to cross the border into Israel on Monday, arresting a second illegal migrant in the failed attempt, an Egyptian official said. Police fired at Osama Moussa Abkar because he did not heed their warnings to stop, said Capt. Mohammed Badr, an officer with the Sinai Peninsula police force. "He was wounded and taken to a hospital for treatment," Badr said. Police then arrested Naji Mohammad Ali Abkar, another Sudanese also trying to cross the border, he said. The two men were smuggled in a truck by Beduin tribesmen who dropped them some 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of the Rafah Crossing, he said.

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