Smugglers and Egyptian police have shot dead six Eritrean migrants in incidents near the border with Israel, a security official in Egypt said on Saturday. The deadly clashes took place late on Friday after the migrants seized the weapons of the people traffickers in a bid to escape, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
He said four Eritreans -- three men and a woman -- were killed in an exchange of fire between the migrants and smugglers, and police shot dead two Eritreans from the same group as they tried to cross illegally into Israel. According to security services in Egypt, which has a 1979 peace treaty with Israel, 19 migrants were killed last year. Most of the migrants hail from Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia..