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Egypt: 36 migrants missing, 3 dead in boat sinking

Egypt: 36 migrants missing, 3 dead in boat sinking

Egyptian security officials say three bodies have washed ashore and 36 people are missing after a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Europe illegally capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.
The officials say the boat sank after setting off from an area near the coast of neighboring Libya early Monday. Only one of the nearly 40 migrants on the boat was rescued.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Thousands of young Egyptian men make the dangerous and illegal sea journey to Europe to flee grinding poverty, high unemployment and rising prices at home. Some leave from Egypt's Mediterranean coast, but most travel to Libya to take what is a shorter trip from there.