Security forces apprehended 10 undocumented African migrants on Friday who were attempting to illegally enter Israel via the Sinai border.
Sinai’s Central Security Forces exchanged heavy fire with the migrants before arresting them. The public prosecutor will investigate the case.
Egyptian authorities have cited repeated attempts of African illegal migrants to cross into Israel via Egypt with the help of Bedouin traffickers.
Hundreds of Africans seeking political asylum and jobs try to illegally enter Israel every year, in long perilous desert trips. Egyptian border guards trying to stem the flow of illegal migration have killed dozens of migrants.
Israel says about 10,000 African migrants entered through the Egyptian border during the past few years.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm