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15 African migrants found 'shot dead' on Egypt-Israel border

AFP , Sunday 15 Nov 2015
Egypt
An observation tower painted in the colours of the Egyptian national flag is seen near the Nitzana crossing, along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai August 20, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The bodies of 15 African migrants were found in Egypt's North Sinai governorate near the Israeli border on Sunday after they were shot dead, security sources and a medical official said.

"Fifteen bodies of Africans shot dead were found at dawn on Sunday south of (the town of) Rafah," said Tarek Khater, a representative of the health ministry in North Sinai.

"We also found eight Africans who were wounded but whose condition is stable."

Security sources confirmed the migrants were shot but said the circumstances of their deaths had not yet been determined.

Sinai is a major route for African migrants trying to reach Israel.

Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces in the north of the peninsula since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The army also regularly announces the death or capture of militants.

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