18 Egyptians arrested attempting to illegally cross into Libya
Sallum crossing, Egyptian Libyan borders - YOUM7 ( Archive)

CAIRO: Border Guards foiled an alleged attempt to illegally access Libya by 18 Egyptians and a Sudanese near Sallum in the Western Desert Friday, Youm7 reported.

A total of 107, 97 Egyptian and 10 Sudanese, were arrested Thursday in the same area trying to travel to Libya to find work, Youm7 reported.

Some Egyptians, especially from deprived areas in Upper Egypt, continue to try to go to Libya despite the turbulence that has hit the country since 2011.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered an “emergency plan” to evacuate Egyptians from Libya, the BBC reported Friday. The decision comes after the Islamic State group’s English-language magazine Dabiq published pictures showing 21 Copts who have been abducted in Libya since early January in the notorious orange jumpsuits. There have been conflicting news on whether or not the 21 detainees are alive.

Meanwhile, the government dispensed pension for the families of the detainees.

Seven Copts were shot in the head at a Benghazi beach in February 2014 in violence that prompted Egypt later in August 2014 to evacuate thousands of Egyptians from Libya through the Tunisian and Algerian borders.

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