Government pays aid to families of dead, missing fishermen
Egyptian fishermen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The families of two fishermen who died after their boat reportedly sank off Sudanese coasts will receive 10,000 EGP ($1,277) from the government as financial aids, Youm7 reported Monday.

The money will be paid by the Ministry of Solidarity, which also allocated 5,000 for ten other fishermen who were on the sunken boat, and their whereabouts is still unknown. Two other injured fishermen will receive 2,000 each.

The boat Zenat el-Bahrayn was in Sudanese waters, when it was reportedly hit by high wind on Thursday Jan. 28, which drifted it to Eritrean Islands, according to Youm7.

Egyptian crafts combed Sudanese Islands but failed to find traces of the boat.

Earlier this month, families of the fishermen have appealed to authorities to resume the search for their sons, saying that there was no evidences their sons had drowned.

Several Egyptian fishermen have been arrested recently for fishing in the territorial waters of neighboring countries, including Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey. The Fishermens’ Syndicate has justified some incidents on grounds of “malfunctioning navigational devices.”

On Jan. 8, some 13 Egyptian fishermen returned home after they were held by Tunisian authorities for violating Tunisia’s territorial waters.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called on fishermen to respect the sovereignty of other countries and not to fish in their waters without prior permits.

Additional reporting by Medhat Wahba

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