CAIRO - Twelve people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants and Syrian refugees sank off Egypt's northern coast on Friday, security and medical sources said.
"The Egyptian coast guards saved 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and four Egyptians," one security source said. The circumstances of the accident and the nationalities of the deceased were not yet known.
More than 2 million refugees have fled Syria's civil war, mainly to neighboring Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
Many have also tried to make the perilous boat journey to safety, sometimes alongside illegal migrants from northern Africa seeking a better life in Europe.