14 Egyptian migrants arrested in Delta’s Beheira
(ARCHIVED) Migrant whose boat stalled at see while crossing from Turkey to Greece swim to approach a shore of the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. A boat with 46 migrants or refugees has sunk Sunday in Greece and the coast guard says it is searching for 26 missing off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

CAIRO: A total of 14 unregistered Egyptian emigrants were arrested in Delta’s Beheira governorate Saturday for an illegal travel attempt to Italy via the Mediterranean, Egypt’s state owned newspaper al-Ahram reported.

The border guards arrested the emigrants before boarding a boat from Edco city in Behiera to Italy, Mohamed Emad al-Din Sami, head of Beheira Security Directorate was quoted by Al Ahram.

The emigrants confessed to have made a deal with an Egyptian “human trafficker” to travel to Italy for 30,000 EGP (about $3,378) each.

On May 3, Italy announced that its vessels rescued around 1,800 illegal migrants from different nationalities over 24 hours coming from North African countries, Reuters reported. A day before, a boat, carrying 159 migrants from African nations and Yemen was intercepted by Egyptian authorities off the Mediterranean shore during an attempt to travel to southern Europe.

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