Egypt stops 228 migrants from sailing for Europe

The Egyptian navy has seized three fishing boats in the Mediterranean that were carrying 228 migrants trying to make their way to Europe, the military says.

Seventeen crew members were arrested during the operation off the coast of second city Alexandria, the military says on its Facebook page.

It does not disclose the identities of the migrants or of the crew, but says they were taken to a naval base in Alexandria. It also does not say when the operation took place.

Pictures posted online by the military show men, who appeared to be African, sitting in a docked boat or on the ground of what seemed to be a harbor.

القوات البحرية تحبط محاولة هجرة غير شرعية لعدد (228) فرد جنسيات…

Posted by ‎الصفحة الرسمية للمتحدث العسكري للقوات المسلحة‎ on Sunday, September 6, 2015

The military says a navy patrol spotted the fishing boats off the Alexandria coast, stopped the vessels and boarded them for inspection.

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