Egypt: Border guards wound 5 African refugees

April 3, 2010 20:51


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RAFAH, Egypt — An Egyptian security official says border guards have shot and wounded five African migrants and arrested 15 others trying to cross illegally into Israel.

The official said the guards first fired warning shots Saturday to stop the migrants from crossing the border south of Rafah and at the al-Kontella crossing with Israel.The official said the wounded were taken to a hospital. The others have been detained. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Many migrants seeking political asylum and jobs try to cross into Israel with the help of Beduin traffickers. Egypt has killed dozens of migrants at the border in the past two years, drawing criticism from rights groups.

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