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Ethiopians attempting to enter Israel deported from Egypt

More arrests as illegal immigrants try to reach Israel from Egypt

MENA, Friday 11 Mar 2011
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Egypt's airport authorities have deported on Thursday 10 Ethiopian nationals after they were arrested trying to illegally enter Israel through the Suez Canal.

Illegal immigration to Israel through Egypt has increased over recent years.

The Egyptian police have shot and killed a number of illegal immigrants in Sinai, drawing a critical response from human rights watchdogs. However, Egypt's police were withdrawn from the streets on 28 January after failing to crush popular protests during Egypt’s 25 January Revolution. They are only gradually returning.

Israel has said it is planning to build a 250-kilometre security fence along the Egypt-Israel border, as well as a large detention centre to hold illegal immigrants.

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