World Middle East 21 Sep 2016 Migrant boat capsize ...

Migrant boat capsizes off Egypt, killing at least 29, over 150 rescued

AP
Published Sep 21, 2016, 7:04 pm IST
Updated Sep 21, 2016, 8:01 pm IST
Thousands of illegal migrants have made the dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean in recent years.
Officials say the boat was carrying 600 people. (Representational Image)
 Officials say the boat was carrying 600 people. (Representational Image)

Cairo: Egyptian authorities say a boat carrying African migrants headed to Europe has capsized off the Mediterranean coast near the city of Alexandria, killing at least 29 people.

Health Ministry official Alaa Osman from Beheira province says that 155 people have been rescued, but that bodies are still being found in the area. He says the migrants were from several African countries.

 

Egypt's official news agency MENA said the boat had been carrying 600 people.
Thousands of illegal migrants have made the dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean in recent years fleeing war and poverty, mostly via lawless Libya. Thousands have drowned.

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