Egypt beefing up military presence on Libya border

AFP, Tuesday 22 Feb 2011

Egyptian army sent extra units to secure Egyptian-Libyan borders

Egypt is beefing up its military presence on the Libyan border in response to an influx of refugees and the evacuation of Egyptian nationals, a security source told AFP on Tuesday.

"The army has sent extra units to ensure security along the northern frontier with Libya at the Solloum border crossing and to allow Egyptians fleeing Libya to return safely," the source said.

Some 10,000 Egyptians are already at the border waiting to cross after 5,000 compatriots came over on Monday, she added.

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