Egyptian police shoot Sudanese man near border with Israel

Israel Materials 3 November 2008 15:48 (UTC +04:00)

Egyptian police shot dead a Sudanese man on Monday south of Rafah near the Egyptian-Israeli border, security sources said.

The man, Mohamed Seddik, was trying to enter Israel illegally to seek work, the sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

Many African migrants in Egypt try to seek asylum or work in Israel.

Since of the beginning of 2008, Egyptian police have arrested 480 illegal immigrants. The largest group, 210, were Eritrean, followed by Sudanese, with 121 arrests.

Some 36 women and seven children have also been detained.