14 Sudanese, 6 Egyptians arrested before illegal immigration to Italy
Egyptian navy officer provides juice to migrants Oct. 25 - Egypt's Defense Ministry website

CAIRO: Some 20 persons were arrested in Beheira governorate on the Mediterranean Friday for an attempt to illegally emirgrate; 14 of whom are Sudanese and six are Egyptian, Youm7 reported.

The criminal investigation police intercepted four cabs on the international coastal road outside Gedia village in the town of Rachid. Two of the migrants are women.

They told the police they arrived to Rachid city to travel to Italy via the Mediterranean, and that their smuggler is from Asyut, Upper Egypt and referred to other smugglers they do not know in Alexandria and Beheira. They had paid 10,000 EGP ($1,120,) per person.

Nineteen unregistered Sudanese migrants were deported from Egypt March 19 after being arrested before illegally entering Libya territories. On Jan. 19, a total of 45 migrants from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali were deported home over alleged attempts to illegally enter Israel and Libya via Egypt.

A total of 22,026 people of different nationalities were arrested over illegal immigration attempts in December, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

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