story appearing on its website today, Reuters reports on the killing by Egyptian police of two African migrants attempting to cross the border between the Sinai Peninsula and Israel. Following the lede, note the background detail and extraordinary effort on the part of Reuters correspondents to apologize for the killings:
The source said a police patrol ordered them to stop and opened fire when they did not.
Egyptian police have stepped up efforts in recent months to control the border with Israel, after an increase in human trafficking through Egypt.
Egyptian police say the smugglers who ferry migrants to the border region sometimes fire on security forces.
And of course, what would a Reuters story be without an attempt to blame Israel:Egypt, which for years tolerated tens of thousands of African migrants on its territory, fears the unfettered flow of migrants at its Sinai border could pose a security threat in an area where Islamist militants sometimes find refuge.
All very good reasons apparently, for Egyptian police to shoot and kill unarmed migrants.Egypt has faced Israeli pressure to halt the flow.