6 migrants killed trying to enter Israel

Gun battle erupts between Africans and Beduin smugglers over fees.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 14, 2010 15:17
1 minute read.
A Sudanese refugee at the border fence between Isr

sudanese at fence 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

 A gun battle between African migrants and Bedouin traffickers demanding more money to take them to Israel killed four people in Egypt's Sinai  Desert, security officials said Saturday.

The traffickers had tied up around 300 of the illegal migrants, but several managed to escape and grab weapons from their captors, setting off Friday's fighting, the two officials said, quoting from witness statements. Around 100 of the migrants fled, they said.

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Hundreds of Africans seeking political asylum or jobs in Israel try to sneak across the border each year, helped by Bedouin traffickers who charge up to $1,000 for the trip. Dozens have been shot dead by Egyptian border guards.

Two of those who escaped Friday's clash were killed by Egyptian guards at the Israeli border, according to medical and security officials.

In what appear to have been a separate incident,  a woman attempting to illegally cross the Sinai border into Israel was shot by Egyptian security forces Friday night, Army Radio reported.

The woman and another seven people traveling with her were arrested by Egyptian authorities before they could enter Israel.


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