Egypt police kill Eritrean migrant near Israel border

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CAIRO: Egyptian border guards shot dead an Eritrean migrant who tried to slip across the border into Israel on Friday, a security official said.

The official said border guards fired warning shots when they spotted the migrant trying to get a past barbed wire fence. They shot the 24-year-old in the stomach and thigh when he tried to flee.

It was the first reported death of a migrant this year on the border. Police killed 20 migrants last year along the border.

The 250-km frontier has become a major transit route for migrants, asylum-seekers and drug smugglers, and Israel has asked Egypt to clamp down on the traffic. -AFP

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