El-Qabbaj orders monthly aid to families of 70 fishermen detained for trespassing in Saudi waters

Ahmed Online , Saturday 29 Apr 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine El-Qabbaj, ordered on Saturday the disbursement of monthly aid worth EGP 1,000 to 70 families of fishermen suspended in Saudi Arabia for allegedly trespassing on territorial fishing waters.

 Nevine El-Qabbaj
Egypt's Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine El-Qabbaj


The 70 suspended fishermen include 66 from the Dakahlia Governorate, three from the Suez Governorate and a fisherman from Port Said.

In its statement, the Ministry called upon all workers in the informal sector to adhere to official work regulations and procedures documented by the competent authorities in their respective fields.

This is essential to avoid the risk of stoppages and legal accountability, which could lead to economic hardships and social and material challenges for their families, the ministry emphasised.

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the Fishermen's Syndicate, Ahmed El-Maghreby, stated that 70 Egyptian fishermen were detained in Saudi Arabia after boarding two fishing boats in the Red Sea.

The fishermen were on a trip two days before Eid El-Fitr but were arrested for allegedly entering Saudi waters without a permit, El-Maghreby told the Cairo24 news website.

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