CAIRO: Manpower and Immigration Directorates in all of Egypt’s governorates have begun receiving applications from Egyptians returning from Libya seeking compensation for losses incurred due to escalating violence there, ministry spokesperson Yasser al-Sherbini said Wednesday.
“Applications are available free of charge for Egyptians who returned from Libya,” Sherbini told Youm7, adding that the government is seeking compensation from the Libyan government once the situation has stabilized.
Egyptians can fill out applications listing assets lost in Libya, including houses, cars, buildings and factories, and then “the government will submit the applications to the Libyan side, who will estimate the amount of compensation that will be paid to them,” an official inside the Ministry of Manpower told The Cairo Post Wednesday on condition of anonymity.
A YouTube video showing a number of the Egyptian community in Libya calling on President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to help them to return to Egypt was posted online Saturday and shared on Twitter. They said in the video that several Egyptians were killed in Libya while trying to enter Tunisia to return to Egypt after fleeing escalating fighting between rival Libyan militias. They claimed the Japanese and Korean Foreign Ministries had evacuated all their nationals in Libya, and said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry should do the same as soon as possible.
“We have spent our worst days on the Libyan-Tunisian border. Our money has been stolen and we had to struggle in order to find food or even water,” an Egyptian who has returned back to Egypt said in the video.
He called on Egyptian authorities to save the lives of Egyptian families in Libya, saying, “Libyan militants are targeting Egyptian families.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said Tuesday that all Egyptians stuck on the Libyan-Tunisian borders will be evacuated in a maximum duration of two days and that the number of flights will be increased to repatriate as many Egyptians as possible, Youm7 reported.
“An estimated number of 5,000 to 10,000 Egyptian are stranded at Ras Jdir Tunisian-Libyan border crossing after fleeing their homes in Libya after two weeks of clashes between rival Libyan militias,” Shoukry added.
According to the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdel Atty said that the ministry coordinated with Ministry of Civil Aviation to send nine flights from Egypt Air Tuesday and Wednesday to bring back about 2,300 citizens from the border area.
Some Egyptians working in Libya returned home through the Salloum border crossing, while others fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia in recent days, resulting in clashes with Tunisian police.