Egyptian Soldiers Kill Israel-Bound Illegal Immigrant (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/25/12)
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Egyptian security officials said Wednesday that border guards shot to
death a female African migrant trying to illegally cross into Israel,
and arrested three others.
The officials say the slain woman refused to stop early on Wednesday
when guards fired warning shots in the air while chasing her south of
the Rafah border crossing in the Sinai Peninsula.
Separately, three African migrants were arrested while trying to
cross borders in the same area, according to the same official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk
to the press.
Israeli officials have in recent months charged Cairo with inaction
in confronting the stream of illegal immigrants from Africa who pass
through Egypt into the Jewish state and demanded more aggressive
Many illegal immigrants from Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and other
African states have sought to make the long journey through Egypt to
Israel to escape poverty and war.
The issue has increasingly become a demographic concern for Israel,
where demands to deport illegal immigrants have grown in strength.
Jerusalem has moved to accelerate the completion of its Sinai border
fence, which is expected to be completed later in the year.
Israeli officials have also offered illegal African immigrants who
agree to return home a financial assistance basket, while instructing
the immigration authority to begin rounding up those immigrants who
do not come forward by the end of April.
Additionally, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced late last
year that he was planning a trip to visit African leaders in order to
facilitate the repatriation of their nationals illegally residing in
Israel. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/25/12)
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