Release Eritrea’s Egypt team is receiving reports of the arrest and detention of a large group of around 140 victims of human trafficking at the Sudan/Egypt border by Egyptian border guards. During the arrest, the vehicle in which the Africans (mostly of Eritrean and Ethiopian origin) were being transported by the traffickers, was fired upon by the guards and at least a dozen refugees were shot and wounded.
Those arrested were taken to prisons and police stations around Aswan city. However the Team members have not been able to contacts those who were wounded and do not know where they currently are. The traffickers are not being held in the same prison as the refugees, it is feared that this may mean that the criminal traffickers may have somehow evaded detention.