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Rights group: Egypt must stop shooting at migrants

November 12, 2008 10:39

An international human rights group called on Egypt to stop shooting migrants trying to illegally cross the border into Israel. Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday critical of the Egypt's handling of mainly African migrants crossing the border into Israel. The 90-page report said that Egyptian guards have killed at least 32 migrants as they tried to sneak into Israel since June 2007. Many have been from Sudan's devastated Darfur region. Wednesday's report also said migrants detained by Egyptian authorities are often put on trial in secret military courts and denied access to the UN refugee agency in violation of international law.

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