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Greece, boat with migrants sunk. Arrest of persons suspected of human smuggling

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Greek services, in connection with the tragic sinking of a migrant boat, detained people suspected of dealing in people smuggling. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that up to hundreds of people may have drowned in this accident. “This is one of the deadliest tragedies in the Mediterranean in a decade,” the IOM said.

Nine people of Egyptian nationality, suspected of being involved in people smuggling, were detained on Thursday in Greece following the sinking of a migrant boat off the Greek coast.

Among those arrested is the captain of a dilapidated and overloaded boat that capsized at sea off the southern coast of Greece on Wednesday.

Nine Egyptians arrested over migrant boat accidentGIANNIS KOLESIDIS/PAP/EPA

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According to port sources, an empty fishing boat left Egyptand migrants boarded her in Tobruk in the east Libya. The boat was moving towards Italian. According to the Greek ANA agency, the arrested people are suspected of “illegal trafficking” in human beings.

The sinking of a boat off the coast of Greece

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that up to hundreds of people may have drowned in this accident. “This is one of the deadliest tragedies in the Mediterranean in a decade,” the IOM said.

At least 78 people drowned in the accident. Greek government spokesman Ilias Siakantaris said on Wednesday that, according to unconfirmed information, there were 750 people on board the boat.

A boat with migrants sank off the coast of Greece. At least several dozen people drowned PAP/EPA/BOUGIOTIS EVANGELOS

Greece is on one of the main routes used by migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa trying to reach Europe. Most choose the route from Turkey to the Greek islands, but more and more are embarking on the longer and more dangerous route from Turkey to Italy. This year, according to the UN, 72,000 people arrived in Italy, Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. Most of them landed in Italy.

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