Egypt moves to tighten borders after migrant ship tragedy

2016-09-25 21:00
Survivors from a boat that capsized, off Egypt's north coast, sit in a police station in Rashid in northern Egypt. (AFP)

Survivors from a boat that capsized, off Egypt's north coast, sit in a police station in Rashid in northern Egypt. (AFP)

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Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the tightening of border security after more than 160 mainly Egyptian migrants died when their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean.

Egyptian newspapers on Sunday quoted presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef as saying that Sisi has also ordered that those behind the tragedy be brought to justice.

The boat sank on Wednesday off the Egyptian coastal town of Rosetta. At least 162 bodies were later recovered and another 160 migrants rescued.

The EU border agency, Frontex, recently said more than 12 000 migrants arrived in Italy from Egypt between January and September this year, compared to 7 000 in the same period last year.

Read more on:    abdel fattah al-sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  immigrants

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