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Egypt border guards shoot Sudanese migrant

June 23, 2010 12:38 P.M. (Updated: June 24, 2010 10:06 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Egyptian police shot and injured a Sudanese migrant and detained three others who attempted to cross into Israel on Wednesday, Egyptian security sources said.

The sources told Ma’an that a police patrol scanning the borders three kilometers to the south of Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing spotted four people trying to cut through a barbed-wire border fence.

As police ordered the infiltrators to stop, one ignored the orders and continued toward the fence, the sources said. Officers shot him in the back while the other three yielded and were detained.

The injured migrant was identified as a Sudanese citizen and medics said he sustained critical wounds. The detainees allegedly confessed to paying $1,000 each to smugglers to secure their entry into Israel.

Israeli forces shot dead an Egyptian citizen last Wednesday along the Sinai border area, which is the site of frequent violence between Egyptian forces and African migrants en route to Israel.

The UN has criticized Egyptian authorities for relying on deadly force against unarmed migrants. Cairo denies the allegations.
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