Approximately 130 migrants held in Alexandria
According to information present at the Center for Refugee Solidarity, approximately 130 migrants (amongst them about 100 Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria) are currently being held by Egyptian Officials in Alexandria, after their boat broke down a few miles off Marsa Matruh. The boat, which reached Alexandria from Damietta on 23 September, had been full of migrants for about two weeks, the Center understands.According to an eyewitness, the boat had been stranded at sea for six days before the Egyptian Coast Guard arrived on 30 September. The eyewitness also states that during the six days at sea, a three year old boy died due to health issues; the Center understands that the boy was suffering from pancreatic problems.
The migrants were then taken to a military base and from there to a youth center were they have been held for three days as a “precautionary measure”.