Illegal immigration attempt to Italy foiled in Beheira

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Jun 2014

Security forces intervene to stop a fishing boat from carrying 172 people, including 50 Egyptians, to Italy illegally

Border guards managed to foil an attempt at illegal immigration to Italy via the Mediterranean in Beheira governorate, reported the state-owned MENA news agency early Sunday.

According to reports, security forces got a tip that a fishing boat with two crew members was going to transport 172 people illegally to Italy at a price of LE30,000 each.

The 172 were 50 Egyptians, 92 Syrians, 27 Sudanese, a Palestinian, a Chadian and an Eritrean.

According to investigations, five Egyptians forming a ring for illegal immigration were behind the attempt.

Hundreds of Egyptians have been detained while attempting to migrate to Italy over the past few years. A number have drowned in their attempts.

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