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Migrants killed on Egypt's border

An Egyptian policeman looks out from a guard tower inside the Rafah border crossing terminal
Thousands of migrants try to cross Egypt's border into Israel every year

Egyptian border guards have shot dead two African migrants, as they tried to cross the frontier into Israel.

The two men are both in their 30s, and according to a security official, are from the Ivory Coast.

The guards are said to have opened fire on them after they refused orders to stop at the border.

Eight other migrants have been killed at the border by Egyptian police this year, and scores of others detained - most of them from Africa.

The official, speaking anonymously, said the two men had paid hundreds of dollars to human traffickers to help them cross the border.

The human rights group Amnesty International has demanded an investigation into the killings.

Thousands of people try to cross from Egypt's Sinai peninsula into Israel every year, seeking work or asylum away from conflict or poor living conditions.

The migrants include many from Sudan, and activists say they face economic marginalisation and racism in Egypt.

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