Egypt’s navy foils irregular immigration attempt of 440 people

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Sep 2016

The Egyptian navy foils two attempts of illegal immigration through the Mediterranean

Illegal immigrants
A photo released by the Egyptian navy forces showing people arrested for illegal immigration earlier at Abu Kir Naval base in Alexandria (Photo: Official Egyptian armed forces spokesperson Facebook page)

Egypt’s navy managed to foil two irregular immigration attempts of 440 people through the Mediterranean Sea during the Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Egyptian armed forces announced.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the official Egyptian armed forces spokesperson said that the Egyptian navy received information about irregular immigration attempts during the Eid Al-Ahda holiday.

The navy stopped a fishing boat carrying 198 people from different nationalities in addition to its seven-member crew in the northern city of Burullus in Kafr Al-Sheikh governorate.

The navy also stopped a fishing boat carrying 242 people from different nationalities and its five-members crew in the northern city Ras El-Hakima, Marsa Matrouh governorate.

Both fishing boats were led to Abu-Kir naval base in Alexandria where the 440 people received medical care and were referred to prosecution.

In recent years, thousands of refugees and migrants have attempted to cross the Mediterranean in search of better jobs and opportunities. Hundreds have been arrested in Egypt for attempting to migrate irregularly.


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