Egypt's border guards stop 121 from passing to Libya

Ahram Online , Friday 3 Jul 2015

This is the second attempt in a week involving no less than 100 people attempting to cross illegally to Libya

File Photo: Egyptians cross from Libya to Egypt through the Salloum land port gate on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 (Photo: AP)

Border guards foiled earlier Friday an attempt by 121 people to cross illegally into Libya, Ahram Arabic Website reported.

The Egyptian border guards arrested 60 people from Cairo, Assuit, Fayoum, Bani Sawif and Marsa Matrouh governorates while attempting to enter Libya illegally from south of Siwa oasis, 50 km away from the Libyan border. 

Border guards also arrested 61 people from Behaira, Assuit, Minya and Bani Sawif in their attempt to enter Libya illegally from south of Salloum city. 

The 121 people are currently detained pending investigation by the military prosecution for entering military restricted zones and attempts to exit illegally from the country.

Earlier this week Egyptian border guards foiled another attempt involving approximately 150 people, mostly Egyptians attempting to enter Libya. 

In April, Egypt renewed warnings to its citizens to avoid travelling to Libya as the security situation remains dangerous in the country following the beheading of 20 Coptic Egyptian migrant workers by the Islamic State group. 

Libya is a hot spot for migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. 

The International Organisation for Migration estimates that between 330,000 and 1.5 million Egyptians worked in Libya up until the ongoing unrest that began with the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.


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