CAIRO: A total of 31 Sudanese nationals were arrested in North Sinai in a migration attempt to Israel, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Hundreds of Sudanese migrants have been arrested in Egypt in the past two years trying to illegally travel to Israel via North Sinai and to Europe via the Mediterranean.
Sixteen Sudanese suspected of attempting to illegally enter Israel were investigated by North Sinai security agencies Jan. 9, Youm7 reported.
On Nov. 23, Egyptian border forces fatally shot five Sudanese migrants trying to cross from Sinai into Israel. On Nov. 15, Egyptian police found the bodies of 15 African migrants who appeared to have been shot dead in the same area.
The killings promoted Khartoum to accuse Cairo of “targeting” Sudanese nationals.
Secretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Abdel Ghani al Naeem met Nov. 25 with Egyptian Ambassador to Sudan Osama Shaltout to discuss forming a joint committee to solve pending issues between the two countries, mostly relating to Sudanese detained in Egypt.