More than a hundred people were rescued and 12 died when a boat capsized off the coast of Egypt's Alexandria early Friday morning. According to the BBC, most of the survivors are Syrians and Palestinians.
Alexandria's security chief, Amin Ezzedin, told the BBC that the survivors include 40 Syrians, 72 Palestinians and four Egyptians.
Nearly 5,000 Syrians are registered as refugees in Egypt, yet many are currently trying to leave the country. While Egypt's administration under former President Mohammed Morsi stood favorably towards the desperate Syrians, today's regime is attempting to limit the influx of Syrians into the country and has curbed the rights of refugees that arrived earlier.
Mere hours after the accident in Alexandria, another migrant boat carrying 200 people capsized in the waters of Malta. The Associated Press reports that the Italian coast guard has set up a rescue mission.
Both boat accidents comes less than a week after a tragic shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa, in which at least 300 migrants lost their lives while attempting to reach Europe. Divers concluded the search and recovery mission on Thursday.