Egypt has detained four crew members of an overcrowded migrant boat which capsized off its northern coast on Wednesday, leaving 42 people dead. The government has launched an investigation into the sinking incident, and pledged support for ongoing search and rescue operations. The boat was carrying almost 600 people, mostly from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Syria, when the tragedy happened. The EU’s border agency Frontex says Egypt has become a new “departure country” for refugees since March, right after the main overland route into western Europe was closed by Balkan countries, and when the EU and Turkey agreed on a deal to curb the influx of asylum seekers.
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