Israel-Egypt border fence
Israel-Egypt border. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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Israeli troops shot dead one unarmed man, and wounded another, who were trying to cross into Israel from Egypt overnight, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Friday.

The soldiers had spotted the two trying to cross the border and had opened fire, the spokeswoman said. Their identity and motive for crossing into Israel were not immediately clear.

Thousands of African migrants sneak across the border every year, either as refugees or in search of work. Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip have also used the same route to infiltrate into Israel, in order to carry out attacks.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, the second was taken to hospital for treatment.