CAIRO: Egyptian rescue staff have recovered 168 our bodies from a migrant shipwreck off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, the well being ministry stated Sunday.
Survivors have stated as much as 450 migrants have been on board the overcrowded fishing vessel headed to Italy from Egypt when it keeled over Wednesday off the port metropolis of Rosetta.
Egypt’s army has stated it rescued 163 survivors and that restoration makes an attempt have been persevering with.
More than 130 bodies recovered from migrant boat capsize off Egypt
The Worldwide Group for Migration stated most of these rescued have been Egyptians however additionally they included Sudanese, Eritreans, a Syrian and an Ethiopian.
The tragedy sparked an emergency cupboard assembly and in addition topped the agenda of talks between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt’s safety chiefs on Saturday.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered heightened patrols of harbours utilized by migrant boats and of the northern shoreline.
A brand new invoice being submitted to parliament would come with “deterrent penalties” towards individuals smugglers.
Egyptian authorities have thus far in 2016 foiled one hundred ten makes an attempt to smuggle migrants to Europe, Inside Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar informed the cupboard.
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The UN refugee company expects 2016 to be the deadliest yr on document for Mediterranean crossings by migrants.
Greater than four,600 non-Egyptians, lots of them Sudanese and Ethiopians, have been arrested this yr making an attempt to depart from Egypt’s northern coast, the UNHCR stated Friday.
Greater than 10,000 individuals have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, in accordance with the United Nations.
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