ISMAILIA, Egypt, (Reuters) – The Israeli army shot and killed an Egyptian smuggler and injured another on Saturday after they crossed into Israel carrying narcotics, the Israeli military and Egyptian security sources said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the incident and said soldiers opened fire after four smugglers ignored instructions to give themselves in.
The Egyptian sources said the four smugglers were bedouin.
A number of bedouin in impoverished parts of northern Sinai have turned to smuggling goods, weapons and migrants across Sinai’s border with Israel and the blockaded Palestinian enclave of Gaza.
The Israeli army took the injured man to hospital and the other two into custody. They planned to deliver the corpse of the fourth to Egypt within 48 hours, the Egyptian security sources said.