Egyptian Border Police shoot and injure Bedouin trying to enter Israel

Published January 21st, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian border police shot and injured a Bedouin in the leg in the course of a gunfight that erupted as he attempted to sneak into Israel with a rifle, binoculars and a portable telephone, police said Monday. 


A border patrol spotted Salim Salama, aged 22, who has previously been accused of smuggling, as he tried to cross the border at Al-Azraq in the center of the Sinai desert peninsula, the police said. 


An exchange of fire followed during which Salama was injured before he was arrested and taken to a hospital for medical treatment, they said, cited by AFP


In the meantime, Israeli authorities handed back to Egypt four Sinai Bedouins who had slipped across the border, the police added. ( 


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