Egyptian border guards kill African migrant on border

July 29, 2010 15:44


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RAFAH, Egypt — Egyptian border guards have fatally shot an African migrant as he tried to cross the border into Israel, an Egyptian official said Thursday.

Hundreds of Africans seeking asylum and jobs try to illegally reach Israel every year in long desert trips, helped by Bedouin traffickers.Egypt has killed dozens of migrants at the border in the past two years, drawing criticism from rights groups. The government says it fires warning shots first.

A security official said the 28-year-old man from Eritrea died from a shot to the chest on Wednesday night.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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