Death toll from Egypt’s boat tragedy rises to 115

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The death toll from Wednesday’s goat tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea has risen to at least 115, Egyptian officials have said.

The migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt’s coast on Wednesday, and is said to have been carrying around 600 people.

The boat’s destination was not yet known though it is believed to have been headed for Italy.

Egyptian police said they had arrested four crew members of the boat and are detaining them as investigations continue.

The UNCHR said that about 150 people had been rescued, most of whom were Egyptians, while others were Sudanese, Somalians, Eritreans and others of other nationalities.

Egypt has been a traditional route for migrants travelling to Europe by sea. However, UNHCR said that since 2014 there has been a steady increase in the number of people intercepted while trying to leave.