552 Egyptians return from Libya, tunnels destroyed in North Sinai
Sallum crossing, Egyptian Libyan borders - YOUM7 ( Archive)

CAIRO: The Sallum border crossing has received 552 Egyptians returning from Libya since Monday evening, and 14 SUVs being smuggled into Egypt were detected and destroyed by the air force and border guards Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Head of the crossing Mohamed Metwalli told Youm7 the figure “does not indicate there is mass departure from Libya.”

Previously allowed into Libya, Egyptian women married to Libyans were banned from accessing Libya from the Egyptian side, Sky News Arabia reported.

On Egypt’s eastern borders, seven tunnels between North Sinai and Gaza Strip were destroyed; two of which were “strategic” with control rooms, landlines and weapons, according to Youm7.

Meanwhile, security forces in Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah remotely detonated two explosive devices planted on the routers of patrols. Egypt has removed 75 percent of homes situated in the one-kilometer wide buffer zone along the borders with Gaza, MENA reported Tuesday.

Egypt has intensified security on its western and eastern borders since it launched an airstrike on Islamic State group (IS) locations in Libya Monday, after the group released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptians by the Libyan coast.

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