An Egyptian policeman was shot dead while trying to stop African migrants from slipping into Israel from the Sinai desert.
An Egyptian patrol intercepted a group of eight migrants in the Sinai on Monday, but came under fire from
masked gunmen escorting the group toward the Israeli border, Cairo authorities said.
One policeman was killed and the assailants fled back into the Sinai.
Under pressure from Israel, Egypt has recently stepped up efforts to stop the traffic of undocumented Africans seeking refuge or work.
Sixteen would-be border-jumpers have been killed by Egyptian forces, and scores arrested.