Two Palestinian Refugees Killed En Route to Europe

“Two Palestinian refugees killed in emigration attempt from Egypt,” by Zeinab El Gundy for Ahram Online:

Egyptian security forces on Tuesday foiled an attempt by Syrian and Palestinian refugees to emigrate from Alexandria to Italy by sea, killing two of the refugees.

Coastal guards opened fire on the boat, which was carrying at least one hundred refugees, leading to the death of two Palestinians on board – 30 year-old Omar Delol and 50 year-old Fadwa Taha – according to rights lawyer Mahinour El-Masry.

Others on the boat were arrested and detained in Alexandria’s Karmouz police station. Hours later another group of 60 refugees were arrested from a café in Alexandria’s Bahari district and moved to El-Montaza. The latter were also accused of planning to leave the country through illegal channels.

Over the past month, Egypt has witnessed a rapid increase in emigration attempts by Syrians and Palestinians residing in Egypt as a result of rising anti-forigners sentiments. Many have attempted to travel from Alexandria to Europe, mainly Italy, via the Mediterranean. Several of these attempts have been prevented by security forces, and a number of refugees have reportedly drowned in the process…

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