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Egyptian Police Shoot Sudanese Refugee Trying to Enter Israel


Egyptian police say security forces shot and wounded a Sudanese refugee as he tried to illegally cross into Israel from Egypt.

Police say the Sudanese man, Osama Moussa Abqar, had been smuggled into an area near the Rafah border crossing before security forces shot him Monday. He is being treated in a hospital for his injuries. Police say he was smuggled with another Sudanese man, who was arrested by Egyptian forces.

Egypt has stepped up security along the Egypt-Israel border to block a surge of migrants trying to cross into Israel, seeking asylum and better job opportunities.

On Sunday, border guards shot and killed a woman from Sudan's Darfur region as she tried to illegally enter Israel. Four other people, including a child, were wounded.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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