CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced that the government exempted Egyptian nationals returning from Libya from paying entry fees at the Sallum border crossing for three months.
“The decision was issued to ease the burdens on our sons who are coming from Libya and facilitate the measures of their entry and return to theirs home,” Mahlab said Thursday in a statement.
Following Egyptian-Libya airstrikes on alleged bases of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16 in response to the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Sirte, hundreds of Egyptians have begin to flee the security vacuum there.
AP reported Wednesday that Sallum security chief Fawzi Nayel said an average of 2,000 to 3,000 Egyptians had crossed daily in the past 10 days.
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim met Thursday with his Libyan counterpart Ahmed Baraka from the Tobruk-based government to discuss intensified security measures at border crossings, Youm7 reported.
A Libyan delegation headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni is visiting Egypt to discuss the security relations between both sides.
Via 15 flights, 3,855 nationals have returned from Tunisia where they initially fled from Libya.
Egypt established an air bridge between the Cairo International Airport and the Tunisian Djerba Airport to transport the Egyptians who fled from Libya to Tunisia.