Four arrested over disaster that saw migrant boat carrying 600 sink

Four arrested over disaster that saw migrant boat carrying 600 sink
Young Egyptians detained at a police station sleep on the floor in Rosetta, Egypt, after being rescued from a boat capsized off the Mediterranean coast near the Egyptian city of Alexandria, yesterday. Pic: AP

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 said 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 yesterday.

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 increase in the number of migrant boats leaving its Mediterranean shores.

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