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Report: Egypt kills 4 migrants on Israel border

June 26, 2011 10:36 A.M. (Updated: June 27, 2011 10:52 A.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security officials said border police on Saturday shot dead four undocumented migrants trying to enter Israel, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

According to the report, Egyptian border guards shot the group after they ignored warnings to stop.

The Sinai desert border has become a major route for African migrants seeking jobs, with thousands fleeing their countries and heading to Israel via Egypt, in search of work.

Israel last November began building a 250-kilometer fence along the border aimed at stopping the influx of migrants.

In October 2010, the New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Egypt to stop shooting migrants, saying its security forces since 2007 had killed at least 85 people trying to enter Israel illegally.
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