CAIRO: Twenty-two Egyptians were deported from Italy, said a security official at the Cairo International Airport.
The emigrants arrived in the airport on board of an Egyptian flight coming from Catania, escorted by Egyptian security forces, the official told Youm7, who declined to mention his name because he is not authorized to speak to media.
According to the investigations, the emigrants confessed that they tried to enter Italian territories on a fishing boat. Three of them are fugitives from justice, and face sentences of 5 years in jail.
On Sept. 3, a total of 52 Egyptians were deported by Italy for arriving illegally by sea on a fishing boat; the Italian authorities also deported 28 other nationals to Cairo in June and 13 others in March.
Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of Middle East and African asylum seekers who are eyeing European countries.
Egyptian navy and police forces foiled Saturday a migration attempt by 174 persons from 10 different nationalities in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh near the Mediterranean Sea, the Ministry of Interior office announced.