4 drowned, dozens rescued off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast
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

CAIRO:  Four migrants drowned and 127 others rescued off the coast of Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Kafr al Sheikh, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The Egyptian coast guards said it rescued a boat, heading from Egypt to Europe, carrying 131 illegal migrants from different nationalities in response to distress signal they received Thursday early morning, according to Youm7.

The guards pulled out bodies of three men and women while the other 127 survivals were admitted to Kafr Al Sheikh General Hospital. The total number of the dead remains unknown. However, the coast guard is in search for other possible bodies.

Illegal migration from Egypt to Europe has been on the rise over the past few years in which thousands have drowned due to the poor boat conditions and unstable weather.

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