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Israeli troops kill suspected drug smuggler on Egyptian border

Nov. 24, 2008 9:43 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2008 9:43 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli border guard shot dead a suspected drug smuggler on the Egyptian border on Monday morning, south of the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon.

According to Israeli sources, two other people were wounded in the shooting.

Israeli officials told reporters that the group was dropping sacks of drugs on the Israeli side of the border order for accomplices to collect them.

According to the official account, Israeli troops began chasing the men, calling on them to stop. When they were ignored, they fired at the lower part of the men's bodies. Several sacks containing drugs were found at the scene of the incident and were taken for examination.

After being shot, the three men were taken by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in the city of Beersheba. One of the men was seriously hurt in the stomach, while the other suffered severe wounds to his leg.

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