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A refugee boat carrying 600 people heading for Europe has capsized off the coast of Egypt, killing at least 29 people.

“An illegal migration boat has capsized off the coast of Kafr al-Sheiklh carrying 600 migrants in the largest illegal migration operation through the Kafr al-Sheikh coast so far,” state news agency MENA quoted a local official as saying.

“Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than its limit. The boat tilted and the migrants fell into the water,” a senior security official told Reuters.

Health ministry official, Adel Khalifa, reportedly confirmed the death toll and said the dead included Egyptians, Sudanese and other African nationalities.

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