5 bodies recovered off Egypt’s Coast of Kafr El Sheikh
A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015. Of the record total of 432,761 refugees and migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, an estimated 309,000 people had arrived by sea in Greece, the International Organization for Migration (IMO) said. About half of those crossing the Mediterranean are Syrians fleeing civil war, according to the United Nations refugee agency. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

CAIRO: Dead bodies of five persons (four Somalis and an Egyptian) were recovered off the coast of Mediterranean city of Kafr el Sheikh in Egypt’s Beheira governorate Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The migrants were on board a boat heading from Egypt to Europe last Thursday; of 131 persons of different nationalities, 105 were rescued by Egyptian coastal guards. Since then, a total of 16 dead bodies (13 Somalis and three Egyptians) were recovered.

Relatives of the drowned people went to Kafr El sheikh Public Hospital to identify the victims, said Moahmed Atef Shalabi, the city security office chairperson.

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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