Egypt defends murder of unarmed African migrants

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Egypt on Monday defended its use of lethal force in stopping unarmed African migrants, some of whom are refugees from Sudan's Darfur region, from crossing the Egypt-Israel border.

In response to a critical report released by Amnesty International, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki vaguely explained that Egypt's border area is sensitive and criminal activity there is common, necessitating the use of lethal force for the sake of national security.

The Amnesty report noted that Egyptian border guards had shot and killed almost 40 unarmed Africans trying to reach Israel since the start of 2008.

Zaki claimed that in nearly all those instances, the Egyptians had first fired warning shots. But the testimonies of Israeli soldiers who have witnessed some of the shootings paint a different picture - one of almost sadistic murder.

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