Egypt arrests 184 attempting illegal crossing to Libya

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Jul 2015

The arrested included five Sudanese along with Egyptians from Minya, Assiut, Beni Suef, Qena and Giza

Egypt's border guards foiled an attempt Wednesday of 184 people to illegally cross into Libya. The group was found trespassing in restricted military zone near Salloum City in Marsa Matrouh governorate, on the border with Libya, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Five of the arrested are Sudanese, according to the Marsa Matrouh security directorate.

Others include Egyptians from Minya, Assiut, Beni Suef, Qena, and Giza govrnorates.

The 184 detained were referred to military prosecution for entering a restricted military zone. 

Not less than 619 people — mostly Egyptians and Sudanese — have been caught attempting to cross illegally into Libya earlier this month alone. 

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 until the ongoing unrest that began with the NATO-backed war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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