Thursday, November 19, 2015

15 Sudanese migrants killed in shootout with Egyptian security forces near Egypt's border with Israel

No tolerance of economic migrants illegally crossing borders here -- Egyptian security forces are battling Islamic militants led by a local affiliate of ISIS in the area.


EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A group of Sudanese migrants were on Sunday caught up in the crossfire of a gun battle between Egyptian security forces and Bedouin smugglers as they were about to illegally enter Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security and hospital officials said. Fifteen of the migrants were killed and eight were wounded in the cross fire, they said.

Another eight migrants were arrested unhurt by the Egyptians and were being interrogated, they added.

Israel's Interior Ministry says more than 45,000 African migrants and asylum seekers, including many Sudanese, are in Israel.

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