11 people arrested over sinking of migration boat off Beheira
Refugees and migrants are seen on an overcrowded dinghy near the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, while crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast - REUTERS
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CAIRO: Eleven people implicated in the sinking of a migration boat Saturday have been arrested, Youm7 reported.

The boat sank off Edko, a Mediterranean city in the Delta’s Beheira governorate; 14 people were on board, seven of whom were rescued, including the two-member crew, two went missing, and the bodies of five were recovered.

The migrants we’re going to board a larger boat of Port Said to illegally travel to Italy, which has deported hundreds of Egyptians in the past months for illegal immigration.

The boat had sailed from Bougaz area in Alexandria and sank in Edko due to high waves.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.

In October, ten Syrian and Iraqi migrants on board of a fishing boat sank near Burullus village in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate.

In his speech at the two-day Valletta Summit on migration that held Wednesday and Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called for “facilitating measures of legal migration,” as a way to curb illegal migration.

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