'Egyptian border guards kill Sudanese migrant in Sinai'

June 10, 2008 09:29


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Egyptian border guards killed a Sudanese migrant who was allegedly trying to cross illegally into Israel, an Egyptian health official said Tuesday. Imad Kharboush of El-Arish Hospital said 29-year-old Mohammed Tahir Mersal died in the hospital Tuesday of a gunshot wound. Another Sudanese migrant, Al-Tayeb Adam, said the guards fired in the air as he, Mersal and three others were trying to cross into Israel. Adam said Mersal was shot when he continued to flee to the border fence. Adam said he and the other men surrendered and were later arrested at the hospital. He said each migrant paid $500 to human traffickers for shelter in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and a ride to the Israeli border. He said they were seeking political asylum and jobs in Israel.

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