An Egyptian court has sentenced 56 people to prison over the capsizing of a migrant boat that killed more than 200 people in September.

According to BBC News, they were given sentences of up to 14 years, and the convictions included murder, manslaughter and negligence.

The boat was bound for Italy when it sank eight miles off the Egyptian port city of Rosetta.

Some 450 migrants were estimated to have been crowded aboard, including around 100 trapped in its hold.

There were 163 survivors, mostly Egyptian. Syrian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants had also been on board.

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