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351 migrants arrested crossing southern, western borders in recent weeks: Egyptian military

Ahram Online , Monday 15 May 2017
Drugs and weapons
Part of the drugs and weapons seized by the Army (Photo: Egypt's Army spokesman Facebook page)
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Egypt's armed forces have said they arrested of 351 “illegal migrants” of varying nationalities between 25 April and 12 May in the country’s western and southern border regions.
 
The spokesman of the Egyptian army, Tamer El-Refai, also announced in a report released on Monday that border guards had seized 1,152 kilograms of narcotics, 511,000 pills of unspecified illegal substances, in addition to large amounts of smuggled weapons of various types and ammunition.
 
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi approved in November 2016 a law aimed at curbing irregular immigration and cracking down on human smuggling amid a hike in the number of migrants, many from sub-Saharan Africa, departing from the country to Europe.
 
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