Egypt Independent

One man killed, others arrested in failed border crossing attempt



A Sudanese man was killed and others arrested during their attempt to illegally cross the border from Egypt into Israel. The Egyptian security agency was monitoring the length of the international border between the two countries, when a number of people were spotted trying to cross into Israeli territory near international marker no. 10, located south of the Rafah land port and the Karam Salam port.

Security forces issued warnings to stop but were ignored.  An exchange of gunfire with traffickers followed during which one of the migrants, Suleiman Mohamed, age 28, died while a number of those with him were arrested.

The body was transferred to Al-Arish General Hospital, while those who had been arrested were taken to the relevant security agencies for investigation.

Border shootings of asylum seekers and migrants by Egyptian security forces have come under increasing international scrutiny recently as Egypt has assumed the chair on the United Nations refugee agency.  Human Rights Watch reported recently that at least 85 migrants have been killed trying to cross the border since 2007.