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.