25 illegal immigrants drown in Libya including two Egyptian families: Red Crescent official



Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 07:56 GMT


Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 07:56 GMT

CAIRO – 17 December 2020: Four Egyptian children have drowned along with their families as they were immigrating illegally from Libya to Italy, according to Libyan Red Crescent official Hassan Albi.

Albi added in statements to Youm7 newspaper, Thursday that the Egyptian families were living in Sabratha city, west of the country since a while ago.

However, the Red Crescent received a notification about the disappearance of two Egyptian families residing in the city of Sabratha, according to Albi, explaining that the two families tried to immigrate to Italy illegally, but the boat carrying them sank, indicating that the children included an Egyptian girl aged 5 years and three children of varying ages between 7 ,8 and 10 years.

The Libyan official indicated that the Red Crescent in Zawiya city, is carrying out several operations to search for other missing family members.

Up to 25 people are the total number of immigrants were on board on the sinking boat according to sources from Sabratha who talked with Albi; however, the rescuing and searching operations are still on going.

Egypt has not recorded any case of illegal immigration since 2016 according to Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.

last February, on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2019, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi spoke about Egypt’s successful experience in controlling illegal immigration and countering terrorism especially in Sinai.

He added that Egypt did not ask for any aid from European countries, and managed by its own to stop illegal immigration. “Not even one case was recorded since September 2016,” Rady stated. He explained that the Egyptian authorities were keen to end illegal immigration and to curb the cases of illegal immigration deaths.

Rady affirmed that Egypt now has good experience in combating terrorism and extremism through various aspects, “In addition to combating extremism through military and intelligence cooperation, we also work on correcting misconceptions regarding moderate Islam,” Rady explained.




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