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4 African migrants killed in Egypt desert gunbattle

Several illegal migrants escape with weapons belonging to their Bedouin captors, who demand more money to take them to Israel

Published: 08.14.10

A gunbattle between African migrants and Bedouin traffickers demanding more money to take them to Israel killed four people in Egypt's Sinai Desert, security officials said Saturday.

The traffickers had tied up around 300 of the illegal migrants, but several managed to escape and grab weapons from their captors, setting off Friday's fighting, the two officials said, quoting from witness statements. Around 100 of the migrants fled, they said.

Hundreds of Africans seeking political asylum or jobs in Israel try to sneak across the border each year, helped by Bedouin traffickers who charge up to $1,000 for the trip. Dozens have been shot dead by Egyptian border guards.

Two of those who escaped Friday's clash were

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Added: Aug-14-2010 
By: aydeo
Middle East
Tags: African migrants, gunbattle, Bedouin, traffickers, Egypt desert
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