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Egypt arrests 4 in connection with migrants boat disaster

Egypt has in recent months seen an uptick in the number of migrant boats leaving its Mediterranean shores

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Egyptian authorities have arrested four people in connection with the death of at least 42 migrants whose Europe-bound boat capsized off Egypt's Mediterranean coast.

Officials say the four, whom they did not identify nor specify their link to the incident, have been remanded into police custody for four days pending further investigation.

The Egyptian military said the boat was 12 nautical miles off the coast near the town of Rosetta when it capsized Wednesday.
Egypt's official news agency said the boat was carrying 600 people when it sank.

Thousands of illegal migrants have made the dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean in recent years, fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East.

Egypt has in recent months seen an uptick in the number of migrant boats leaving its Mediterranean shores.