CAIRO: Egyptian security forces at the Sallum crossing arrested Wednesday 44 persons accused of attempting to illegally cross into Libya.
The Sallum police station arrested 42 Egyptians and two Sudanese, and all are under investigation, the Matrouh Security Directorate announced in a statement.
Security forces in cooperation with the army and intelligence office officials in Marsa Matrouh are launching an operation along the border with Libya to prevent any infiltration or illegal immigration, said Matrouh Security Director Anany Hamoud.
The Sallum border crossing between Egypt and Libya closed Tuesday, and will remain so until further notice, according to a statement from directorate. Libya has seen increasing political and security turmoil as violence escalated between Islamists and the army in northeastern areas.
The Egyptian Ministry of foreign Affairs has warned the Egyptians against going into Libya to avoid the ongoing violence there, particularly after hundreds of Egyptians have been targeted.
On Jan. 6, security forces arrested 107 Egyptians who allegedly tried to illegally enter Libyas territories via ground borders, Youm7 reported.