Egyptian Troops Shoot at Asylum Seekers on Israel Border, Killing One, Wounding Five

Group of 28 asylum seekers, most from Sudan, manages to cross into Israel; wounded, two of them seriously, rushed to Be'er Sheva hospital.

Almog Ben Zikri
Gili Cohen
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The Israel-Egypt border. Credit: Eliyahu Kershkowitz
Almog Ben Zikri
Gili Cohen

Egypt security forces shot at a group of asylum seekers near the Israeli border early morning on Friday, killing one and wounding five, two of them seriously. 

The group, numbering at around 30 asylum seekers, mostly from Sudan, were trying to cross the border into Israel south of Ktzi'ot when they were fired upon by Egyptian forces. 

The asylum seekers managed to cross the border and the wounded were air-lifted to the Soroka Medical Center, Be’er Sheva. 

Israel's Population and Immigration Authority stated earlier this week that 34 Africans entered Israel without a permit through the Egyptian border in October, a drop compared to the previous two months, but still relatively high for the last three years. In August, 44 asylum seekers crossed the border, and in September the number reached 57, the highest since late 2012. 

Since the beginning of 2015, 176 asylum seekers crossed into Israel from Egypt, a significantly lower figure than in 2010-2012, when hundreds and even thousands of asylum seekers went into Israel every month.