Shoot first… don’t ask questions later

In the latest confirmation of my report on the Egypt-Israel border situation, Egyptian border guards on Tuesday shot dead a Sudanese man trying to cross into Israel.

The AP report:

Egyptian border guards kill Sudanese migrant in Sinai


RAFAH, Egypt: An Egyptian health official says border guards have killed a Sudanese migrant who was allegedly trying to cross illegally into Israel. Imad Kharboush of El-Arish Hospital says 29-year-old Mohammed Tahir Mersal died in the hospital Tuesday of a gunshot wound.


Another Sudanese migrant, Al-Tayeb Adam, says the guards fired in the air as he, Mersal and three others were trying to cross into Israel. Adam says Mersal was shot when he continued to flee to the border fence. Adam says he and the other men surrendered and were later arrested at the hospital.


He says each migrant paid $500 to human traffickers for shelter in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and a ride to the Israeli border. He says they were seeking political asylum and jobs in Israel.

…Of course, no one will lodge a complaint with the UN over gross violations of human rights, as they would do if it had been Israelis who had shot the man.

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