ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Egyptian police shot dead an unidentified African migrant and detained two others while they were trying to cross illegally into Israel on Friday, a security official and a medical source said.The man, who did not carry any identification papers, died of his wounds on the way to hospital, the sources said on condition of anonymity.
Border violence has escalated since Egypt launched a crackdown on African migrants in recent months. At least 18 Africans have been killed at the border this year. Egypt also deported up to 1,000 Eritrean asylum seekers in June despite U.N. protests.
Amnesty International says thousands of migrants try to cross into the Jewish state from Egypt each year, with numbers rising since 2007.
The migrants are seeking work or asylum away from conflict at home and harsh living conditions in Egypt, where activists say African migrants face economic marginalization and racism.