Egyptian border guards arrest 6 African migrants trying to enter Israel

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April 15, 2008 22:28

An Egyptian security official says border guards have arrested six African migrants trying to cross illegally into Israel. The official says five men and a woman from Nigeria and the Ivory Coast were caught Tuesday in an area in central Sinai about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the main Egypt-Gaza crossing. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media. The official says the migrants allegedly paid US$500 (euro315) to human traffickers for shelter in the Egyptian desert and a ride to the Israeli border. Guards shot at one of the migrants when he tried to escape, causing him to stumble and injure himself lightly, the official said. A hospital official says he was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.


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