Kurdish migrants repatriated after becoming stranded at sea near Egypt
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has repatriated 25 Kurdish migrants who were detained in Egypt after their boat broke down in the Mediterreanean Sea off the Egyptian coast on 18 October.
The boat was reportedly carrying 57 migrants from Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Egypt. The migrants were attempting to reach Italy from the western Turkish province of Izmir but became stranded off the coast of Egypt. After being stuck at sea for three days, the migrants were finally rescued by the Egyptian Navy, according to the Head of the Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the migrants were quarantined for two weeks ahead of their repatriation to Kurdistan.
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TMP _ 18/11/2020
Photo Credit: Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs/Combined Photo
Photo caption: Egyptian navy arrests 57 migrants, including 25 ethnic Kurdish ones, on board an Italy-bound vessel in the Mediterranean Sea on October 21, 2020.