CAIRO: Border guards foiled an attempt of 40 foreigners to illegally travel to Italy through the Mediterranean Sunday, Youm7 reported.
Those arrested include 35 Somalis, four Sudanese, and a Yemeni woman; they were allegedly planning to take a fishing boat from the Mediterranean city of Kafr al-Sheikh.
Investigations indicated a man called Abu Nesma, who facilitates the risky move in return for $2,500 per person.
Egypt and Italy have been coordinating to curb illegal immigration, as Egypt’s north shore is also a destination for asylum-seekers from Syria, Palestine, and some African countries. Illegal immigration has resulted in several cases of abuse, blackmail, torture and human trafficking; meanwhile, hundreds have drowned on their way to Europe.