Saudi Arabia intercepts Africans migrants in Red Sea

Saudi Arabia stops a boat carrying 31 illegal migrants, most of them Sudanese, from trying to reach the kingdom, the Border Guards force says on Monday.

The guards report repeated interceptions of migrants in the Red Sea over the past two months.

In the latest case a patrol “foiled an attempt by a group of 31 people from different nationalities to enter Saudi waters on a wooden boat,” Border Guards spokesman Colonel Sahir al-Harbi says.

He says the group comprised 20 Sudanese, six Nigerians and five Ethiopians.

At least 339 illegal immigrants have been intercepted by Saudi border guards off the coast since the first half of June, according to figures cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The vast majority have been Sudanese, whose impoverished homeland lies less than 300 kilometers (186 miles) from oil-rich Saudi Arabia.


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