CAIRO: A total of 14 Egyptian migrants were arrested in Delta’s Beheira governorate before boarding a boat bound to Italy via the Mediterranean Sea, Youm7 reported Friday.
Border forces managed to arrest the migrants who were gathered in El-King district, preparing to get on the illegal boat.
During investigations, the arrested acknowledged that they agreed to give two agents 30,000 EGP ( $3,379) each to facilitate their travel to Italy.
Border authorities have frequently thwarted similar attempts to illegally reach the European shores from Egypt. The illegal practice has driven thousands to a tragic end, while just few survived.
Four migrants drowned and 127 others were rescued Thursday off the coast of Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Kafr al Sheikh.
A total of 22,026 people of different nationalities were arrested over illegal immigration attempts in December, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
Those who risk their lives in such perilous journeys are believed to be seeking a better life in Europe, especially Italy.
On the other hand, Italy has deported dozens of unregistered Egyptian migrants who reached its shores in the practice.
On Friday, Cairo Airport received 19 deportees coming from Italy after illegally entering into its territories.