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Egypt migrant boat sinking: Death toll rises to 162

Egypt migrant boat sinking: Death toll rises to 162

The number of bodies recovered after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday has reached at least 162, as the search continues.

The boat was carrying between 450 and 600 migrants when it sank eight miles (12km) off the port city of Rosetta. It was transporting Egyptian, Syrian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants.

Authorities said at least 163 people have been rescued but survivors told the BBC that hundreds more may have drowned. Speaking to the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Rosetta, survivors said smugglers forced anyone who wanted a lifejacket to pay extra.


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