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Egypt police kill Eritrean woman on Israel border


February 17, 2008 (ISMAILIA, Egypt) — Egyptian police shot and killed an Eritrean women trying to sneak across Egypt’s border into Israel on Saturday after she disobeyed orders to stop, security sources said.

Murfit Meery, 37, was trying to cross into Israel in the El Kuntilla region in the eastern part of the Sinai peninsula, the sources said on condition of anonymity. Her daughters aged 8 and 10, travelling with her, were taken into custody.

Sinai is the main route for traffickers trying to take mainly African migrants into the Jewish state for work or asylum.


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  • 18 February 2008 09:03, by Juach D Juach

    Why shoot at the poor Africans and not at the Hamas when they broke your border forcibly? Or are you applying the law the "Orwellian style"?

    Can anyone in the forum please help me understand why they killed the poor lady? And yet when the Hamas broke the "Berlin wall" at Rafah, nobody responded in a barbaric way they treat people from their so called home continent!

    Egyptians should appreciate their Africaness and not the opposite!

    May the soul of the slained poor lady rest in peace and i hope the orphans will continue to have courage and determination to continue with life. God Bless the dead and her orphans

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  • 18 February 2008 10:55, by Duop Chak

    Why the Egyptian Government like to kill African refugees who are trying to get into where they wish to live? Now the police killed the mother of two and took her two daughters into custody—this is nothing but an absolute an outrageous. The African Union (AU) must take a closer look at the Egyptian activities.

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    • 23 February 2008 00:05, by Bol Madut

      I am not trying to beat the dead horse here, but is it worth risking one’s life for seeks of finding a better living condition in Israel? I keep reading now and then how Sudanese (and now Eritreans as well) are being killed by the Egyptian police literally every month for trying to enter Israel. Life may not be better in their respective countries of origins, but it’s worthless to die this way.

      Also, the countries where these victims came from need to press the Egyptian government to avoid killing innocent civilians. They are no threats to anyone’s security.

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