File Photo: Migrants are seen in a boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship San Marco off the coast of Sicily (Photo:Reuters)
Five people were found drowned on a beach in the Egyptian governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh early on Monday morning, a health ministry spokesman told Ahram Online.
Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said the bodies were found near El-Berlous town. Their nationalities have not yet been identified.
They were reportedly attempting to migrate to Europe via the Mediterranean sea.
Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have attempted to cross the Mediterranean in recent years, with most departing from the Libyan coastline.
International migrant advocates have warned that the numbers drowning on the dangerous journey have soared this year, with at least 1,800 dying so far in 2015.