Egyptian Embassy in Athens continues contacts to bring drowned Egyptian migrants home

MENA , Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Nov 2022

Egyptian Embassy in Athens has been in contact with Egyptian authorities to facilitate performing DNA tests to families of irregular migrants who drowned in Athens to help identify the victims and bring their bodies back home for burial.

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Migrants wearing life jackets sit in a dinghy as they illegally cross the English Channel from France to Britain, on March 15, 2022. AFP


Seventeen young men from Beheira governorate drowned before the shores of Greece on Friday. They had been on board a boat carrying irregular migrants to Greece, according to a press release by the embassy.

The embassy said that only the  parents of a victim should go to the Egyptian Forensic Authority (EMA) on Thursday to undergo DNA tests.

The results of the tests will be sent to the Egyptian embassy in Athens which will notify Greek authorities to release the bodies so that they can be sent home. 

The embassy said it continues to be in contact with Greek authorities to ensure that the bodies are sent once they are identified.

The embassy offered its sincere condolences to victims of the families over the loss of their sons in this tragic accident.


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