Eritrean arrested scaling wall to Cairo Airport runway to travel illegally
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
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CAIRO: An Eritrean was arrested scaling a wall of the Cairo International Airport to enter the runway Wednesday; he told the police he wanted to travel abroad but does not have the money “for the dream,” Youm7 reported.

The man is registered with the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Egypt. A total of 48,402 Eritreans lodged asylum applications in 44 industrialized countries in 2014, ranking fifth in the top countries that seeks asylum, according to the UNHCR.

The Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization has submitted a draft anti-illegal immigration law to the Cabinet, stipulating prison terms of 10-20 years for offenders.

Any person who causes the death or drowning of any person would be subject to the death penalty, according to the draft.

Hundreds of Eritrean refugees have been murdered, raped and tortured in Sudan and in Egypt’s Sinai on their way to Israel, and their families extorted to pay heavy ransoms in the past few years.

Illegal immigration has resulted in several cases of abuse, blackmail, torture and human trafficking; meanwhile, hundreds have drowned on their way to Europe.

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