Egyptian Police Gun Down Migrants Headed for Israel

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -

Egyptian police on Sunday killed 15 Sudanese migrants and wounded another eight who were trying to jump into Israel over the fence separating it from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, security and hospital officials said.

They said police opened fire on the migrants after they ignored warning shots and sprinted toward the fence. The security forces arrested another eight Sudanese migrants who were not wounded.

Most of the wounded were in serious condition, they said.

The incident took place at a border point about 12 miles south of Rafah, an Egyptian town on the border with the Gaza Strip. The killings ended a lull in attempts by migrants to cross into Israel from Sinai, mostly because of stricter surveillance and stepped-up military operations in the area by Egyptian security forces battling Islamic terrorists led by a local group linked to the Islamic State.