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Greece: 7 Egyptians held, suspected of crewing migrant boat


ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say they’ve arrested seven Egyptians suspected of getting crewed a fishing boat filled with practically 500 migrants that misplaced steering in excessive winds off Crete and triggered a significant rescue effort earlier this week.

The seven had been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in migrant smuggling, after a preliminary investigation recognized them as allegedly having been members of the vessel’s crew, the coast guard stated Friday.

The rusting 25-meter (82-foot) ship had been heading from Libya to Italy with 483 individuals on board when it misplaced steering south of Crete early Tuesday. Those on board made an emergency name to authorities, who launched a rescue operation. The fishing boat was ultimately towed to Crete.

It was one of many largest numbers of migrants to have arrived collectively within the nation lately.

According to the preliminary investigation, during which the European police company Europol was additionally concerned, the passengers had paid a smuggling ring $3,000-$4,000 every to be transported to Italy, the coast guard stated. On the ship had been 336 males, 10 ladies, 128 boys and 9 ladies from Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan and the Palestinian territories.

Tens of 1000’s of individuals fleeing battle and poverty within the Middle East, Asia and Africa attempt to make their method into the European Union every year through perilous sea journeys. The overwhelming majority head to japanese Greek islands from the close by Turkish coast in small inflatable dinghies, or try to cross on to Italy from north Africa and Turkey in bigger vessels.

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Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi despatched a letter to the European Commission Tuesday requesting that the passengers be relocated to different EU nations. He argued that Greece and different of the 27-member bloc’s border nations the place many migrants first arrive of their effort to succeed in wealthier European nations “cannot be expected to shoulder an ever-increasing burden out of proportion to their respective capacities.”

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