Egyptian soldiers kill African refugee at Israeli border

Sunday, October 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Egyptian border guards shot and killed another African refugee trying to illegally enter neighboring Israel on Saturday, Israeli defense officials told Ha'aretz.

A group of 11 Africans - most of them from Eritrea - reportedly made its way across the Sinai Peninsula before being spotted by Egyptian soldiers just meters from the Israeli border. The soldiers opened fire, critically wounding one refugee, who nevertheless managed to cross the border with the bulk of the group. Four Eritreans were arrested by the Egyptians and returned to Cairo.

The wounded man died a short time later after the group was picked up by Israeli soldiers.

The flow of African refugees across Israel's southern border has been a source of tension between Egypt and Israel, with the latter insisting that its neighbor do more to curb the phenomenon. However, the Egyptians have responded by brutally murdering any Africans it catches trying to cross the border, including desperate men, women and children from Sudan's Darfur region. The international community has failed to condemn Egypt over the murders.

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