CAIRO: A total of 28 persons, including 26 Sudanese and two Egyptians, were prevented late Sunday from illegally traveling to Europe from Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Kafr al-Sheikh, Youm7 reported.
Investigations revealed that they had paid $3,000 each to a group that facilitates the risky move.
Only hours earlier on Sunday, the attempt of 40 foreigners to travel illegally from Kafr al-Sehikh to Italy was foiled, including 35 Somalis, four Sudanese and a Yemeni woman for $2,500 each, according to Youm7.
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.