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29 Drown After Migrant Boat Capsizes
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- September 22, 2016
At least 29 people have died and 150 rescued after a boat carrying hundreds of refugees capsized off Egypt’s coast.
State news agency MENA reported on Wednesday that the boat capsized off the coast of Kafr al-Sheikh, about 140km north of Cairo, and that search teams were looking for more survivors.
The boat was carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants, security sources told Reuters news agency. Rescue workers saved 150 people, MENA said.
It was not immediately clear where the boat was headed, though some security sources said they believed it was going to Italy.
Some 206,400 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.