CAIRO: Fifteen Sudanese men were arrested Monday at Wadi el-Gemal reserve (Camels Valley) in Marsa Alam for illegal gold exploration, Youm7 reported.
Sixteen sacks of rocks mixed with raw gold were found in the defendants’ possession. The sacks were delivered to the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority.
The protectorate is located south of the Red Sea governorate. Sukari gold mine lies south of the area.
Seven Sudanese were also arrested along with 35 Egyptians Sunday while attempting to illegally cross into Libya.
Sudanese ambassador to Cairo Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim dispatched a consulate delegation to Arish in North Sinai to learn more information on the killing of 16 Sudanese migrants while attempting to cross into Israel Nov. 15.
On Monday, five reported southern African migrants were fatally shot while trying to illegally immigrate to Israel through the borders it shares with Egypt in the turbulent area of North Sinai, an official medical source in the governorate told Youm7.
Eleven were injured in the interception, the source added.
The reports have not yet clarified the origins of the migrants or the party that shot at them.