Security forces arrest migrants crossing border into Israel

Security forces arrest migrants crossing border into Israel

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Sat, 08/12/2012 - 16:48
DPA

Security forces have prevented 10 migrants from Sudan and Horn of Africa from crossing the border into Israel.

A police patrol arrested the migrants in Central Sinai, and they are currently being held in Arish Central Prison, a security source told German news agency DPA.

The migrants included five Sudanese nationals, three Eritreans and two Ethiopians. The migrants reportedly sid they were attempting to cross the border in search of work, and that each of them paid US$3,000 to smugglers for help crossing the border.

Thousands of migrants, many of them refugees from Sudan and the Horn of Africa, have crossed into Israel from Egypt in search of work, and dozens have been killed by Egyptian border guards while trying to do so in recent years.