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Father claims Egyptian police killed son in clashes

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Father claims Egyptian police killed son in clashes


A 15-year-old Egyptian boy has died after being shot by police, according to his father, near the border with the Gaza Strip. Mohamed Arafat claims his son Ouda was shot during anti-government protests in Bedouin Sinai, near the border town of Rafah. Security officials say 16 civilians were injured in the clashes .Some 20 police were also hurt, with three of them in intensive care. Hundreds of Bedouin protesters vented their anger at Egyptian authorities, for measures aimed at cracking down on smuggling weapons, drugs and other contraband into the Gaza Strip. Houses within 50 metres of the frontier have been seized for use by border guards, although officials say the owners have been compensated. The demonstrators also want the early release of fellow Bedouin, imprisoned after bombings in Sinai resorts between 2004 and 2006.

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