Coastguards arrest 26 in Beheira before ‘illegal immigration’ to Italy

CAIRO: A total of 26 people were arrested Monday in the coastal governorate of Beheira, northern Egypt, before illegally leaving to Italy, Youm7 reported.

The arrested included 15 Egyptians, seven Syrians, two Eritreans, an Ethiopian and a Sudanese.

Border Intelligence guards in Abu Qeir stopped all the 26 at Edko Beach over attempted “illegal immigration” through the Mediterranean coastline. They said during investigation that they paid sums of money to four agents to facilitate their travel.

Over similar circumstances, hundreds of Egyptian and foreigner migrants have been arrested at Egyptian borders.

The Italian and Egyptian authorities have foiled many attempts of illegal immigration by asylum seekers.

On June 28, Egypt arrested 51 foreigners in Kafr el-Sheikh, northern Egypt, while attempting to illegally immigrate to Italy.

On June 25, the Italian authorities deported 28 Egyptian immigrants after arresting them off the coast of Italy.

Coastguards occasionally foil the attempt of asylum seekers to reach Europe illegally, but border guards prevent dozens from reaching Libya illegally almost on weekly basis.


Additional reporting by Gamal Abu el Fadl and Nasser Gouda

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