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Egypt forces arrest 11 migrants trying to enter Israel

Feb. 4, 2013 4:08 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 2:33 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces detained eleven Eritrean migrants trying to cross into Israel on Monday, security officials said.

Egyptian security officers stopped two vehicles driven by human traffickers in north Sinai, containing eleven Eritrean migrants headed for Israel, officials said.

More than 60,000 Africans have entered Israel on foot in recent years seeking work or refuge. Most face an arduous journey across the Sinai peninsula and often face physical abuse and torture at the hands of human traffickers.

In Israel, they have stirred fears for public order and some have come under racially-motivated attack.

Israel portrays the vast majority of the migrants as illegal job-seekers. Humanitarian agencies say they should be considered for asylum.
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