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Death toll in Egypt's migrant boat tragedy climbs to 148

ANADOLU AGENCY
CAIRO
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Egyptians stand on the shore as they wait for the recovery of bodies, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean. (AFP Photo) Egyptians stand on the shore as they wait for the recovery of bodies, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean. (AFP Photo)

The death toll from a boat carrying undocumented migrants that sank off Egypt's northern coast earlier this week has risen to 148, a local official said Friday.

"Security forces have recovered 59 more bodies," Wahdan al-Sayed, a spokesman for Egypt's northern Beheira province, was quoted as saying by state media agencies.

The boat, which had reportedly been carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants of various nationalities, sank Wednesday in the Mediterranean Sea north of Beheira's port city of Rashid (Rosetta).

Eight bodies were recovered Thursday, including those of eight African nationals and one Egyptian child, local authorities said.

Egypt's state-run media earlier reported that at least 600 people had been aboard the ill-fated vessel.

Egypt's Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts are among the main transit routes used by undocumented migrants from Africa and Asia hoping to make the perilous sea journey to Europe.

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