CAIRO: Navy forces in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh foiled two separate illegal immigration attempts of 29 people with various nationalities, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The navy forces suspected a fishing boat off the coast Kafr al Sheikh’s Mediterranean city of Baltim of trafficking, and after searching the boat, found 11 Somalis, 10 Egyptians, Sudanese and an Ethiopian. They, along with the boat crew, were arrested over attempting to illegally leave the country, security source told Youm7.
In another attempt, five Somalis and Ethiopian citizens were arrested in the governorate’s city of al Borolous on the same charges.
They were taken to Kafr al Sheikh naval base where they received medical care before being handed over to prosecutors for investigation.
Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.
A total of 2,215 people were arrested while attempting to illegally emigrate through the west and north-west ports of Egypt, the armed forces said in a statement late September 2015.