Egyptian authorities sent back to Gaza 51 Palestinians who had been arrested in the North Sinai city of El-Arish after they attempted to travel to Europe by embarking on boats from the Egyptian coast.
Maan News The Muslim illegals had entered Egypt through underground smuggling tunnels and were allegedly on their way to Europe, when Egyptian authorities arrested them at sea after they had embarked on marine vessels and were captured traveling through Egyptian territorial waters to unspecified points in southern Europe.
They were subsequently detained in Al-Arish central prison and the Ba’ar El-Sabaa police station in North Sinai, and then forced to return to Gaza on Sunday.
The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said in mid-December that 384,000 people had tried the crossing since the beginning of the year, of whom more than 4,000 died while attempting the journey.
Tens of thousands of Muslim invaders did manage to make it through to Europe, which is reeling from the strain of so many unwanted illegals, many of whom are criminals. Egyptian authorities have in recent months have cracked down on the flow and have arrested record numbers of Palestinians fleeing Gaza.