Egypt FM visits Tunisia to check on Egyptians fleeing Libya
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travels to Tunisia to check on Egyptians fleeing Libya and their transfer back to Cairo through Djerba airport
, Monday 4 Aug 2014
Tunisian guards confront a group of Egyptians at the border crossing of Ras Jdir, southeast of Tunis, August 1, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to the Tunisian capital Tunis on Monday morning where he will meet Tunisian PM Mahdy Gomaa and a number of Tunisian officials in order to discuss the situation of Egyptians fleeing Libya through Tunisia and the facilities provided to facilitate their return to Egypt.
After finishing the meetings with Tunisian officials, Shoukry will head to Djerba airport in order to check on the situation of the airlift launched by Egypt to transfer Egyptians home.
The minister will also head to Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya to check on the situation of Egyptians there and the facilities provided by the Egyptian embassy in Tunisia.
Clashes erupted last Friday at Ras Jedir border crossing after violent clashes between Libyan border guards and hundreds of Egyptians who had tried to storm the border post to cross into Tunisia.
Thousands of Egyptians have fled to Tunisia from Libya after deadly clashes between rival militias in Tripoli and Benghazi. Egypt set up an airlift to transfer the Egyptians through Djerba airport.
In statements to AFP, Egypt's civil aviation minister, Hossam Kamal, said 1,796 people had been taken to Jerba and another 1,355 were scheduled to be transferred there on Sunday, when five flights to Egypt were planned.