Families of missing fishermen cut off roads in protest of “officials’ inaction”
Egyptian fishermen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Families of Egyptian fishermen, who went missing after their boat sank in Sudanese territorial waters last week, cut off the roads in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Damietta Saturday in protest of “inaction of stakeholders” in looking for their relatives, Al Ahram reported.

The enraged raised banners, with names of the missing fishermen calling the government to take serious actions to look for their beloved ones. They called on President Abdel Fatah al Sisi to send planes search for their missing relatives.

On Sunday Feb. 1, the Egyptian fishing boat Zainat Al-Bahrain sunk near the Sudanese-Eritrean border while carrying 14 fishermen. However, Sudanese authorities on Saturday were able to rescue only two of the fishermen, while on Monday, the Sudanese Navy said it recovered the third body.

The Sudanese Navy said search efforts will continue for the rest of the missing fishermen.

Dozens of Egyptian fishermen die in territorial waters of neighboring countries while hundreds more are arrested each year as they take desperate measures to make a living.

In August, the Sudanese authorities released 14 fishermen from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh who were detained for illegally fishing in Sudanese waters.

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