CAIRO: The bodies of six Egyptian nationals who were killed Friday in blasts in the Eastern city of al-Quba in Libya arrived at the Salloum Libyan border crossing Saturday, Youm7 reported.
A Libyan ambulance carried the remains of the Egyptians aged from between 18 and 35 years old to the crossing. Two of them are from Asyut (Upper Egypt) where their funeral will be held.
The militants of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya carried out three blasts in the Quba killing more than 40 people including five Egyptians and injuring more than 70 others.
The Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab called his Libyan counterpart Abdullah al-Thani in the
Tobruk-based government Friday to offer the condolences for the Libyan people who were killed in Quba attacks, and offered Egypt’s readiness to receive the Libyan injured for treatment, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson Hussam al-Qawish told the “90 Minutes” talk show.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty stated Friday that Egypt “deeply condemns” the blasts that targeted vital locations in Libya, and that the Egyptian authorities support the “legitimate government of Tobruk.”
The blasts followed airstrikes by Egyptian Army in coordination with the Libyan Tobruk-based government’s Army Monday on alleged IS alleged havens in Derna and Sirte, flowing the release of a video shows the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
Following the video’s publication, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced that the Egyptian government would take all measures for Egyptians in Libya to return back their home.
Within 24 hours, more than 2,967 Egyptian nationals arrived at the Salloum crossing from Libya, according to a statement issued Saturday from the Marsa Matrouh Security directorate.
The Cairo International Airport officials announced that 196 Egyptians, who fled from conflict-torn Libya to neighboring Tunisia, arrived in Cairo Friday.
In August 2014, the Egyptian authorities and their Tunisian counterparts made an air bridge between both countries, through which more than 11,000 Egyptian nationals have returned.