Egyp­tian navy ar­rests 29 peo­ple over il­le­gal mi­gra­tion at­tempt

Se­cu­rity forces dis­cov­ered speed­boat com­ing from Libyan side, car­ry­ing num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als

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Egypt’s navy forces thwarted an il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion at­tempt by 29 peo­ple near the Egyp­tian- Libyan bor­der cross­ing of Sal­loum, a state­ment by Egypt’s armed forces spokesper­son Tamer El- Re­fai said on Tues­day.

This came af­ter se­cu­rity forces dis­cov­ered a speed­boat com­ing from the Libyan side while car­ry­ing a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, adding that a naval unit was dis­patched di­rectly to catch the boat which car­ried 29 in­di­vid­u­als of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties.

The ar­rested in­di­vid­u­als were sent to the Sal­loum Ma­rina for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the naval forces’ im­ple­men­ta­tion of its tasks in se­cur­ing and pro­tect­ ing the Egyp­tian mar­itime coasts, and sup­port­ing the search and res­cue op­er­a­tions in all strate­gic di­rec­tions,” the state­ment added.

Egypt’s Par­lia­ment ap­proved a bill to com­bat il­le­gal mi­gra­tion and hu­man- smug­gling in 2016, which im­posed tough penal­ties on those who as­sist in­di­vid­u­als com­mit­ting il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

Dur­ing re­cent years, thou­sands of mi­grants and refugees from a va­ri­ety of coun­tries have at­tempted to cross the Mediter­ranean to reach Europe, with an in­creas­ing num­ber de­part­ing via smug­glers’ boats from Egypt’s north­ern coast.

The ar­rested in­di­v­dals were sent to Sal­loum Ma­rina for in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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