CAIRO: Some 959 Egyptians, who fled from the unrest in Libya to, have arrived Friday from Djerba airport in Tunisia to Cairo onboard of four EgyptAir flights, Youm7 reported.
During the past days, a series of flights carrying Egyptians from Libya to Egypt have been active since the Feb. 15 mass killing of 21 Egyptian Copts by militants of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya’s city of Sirte.
In response to the video that showed the beheading of the Egyptian hostages, the Egyptian army launched airstrikes in Libya’s Derna on alleged IS targets, with intentions to expand the fight with the militant group that threatens Egypt’s western border. Also, Fajr Libya militant group called on Egyptian nationals in Libya to leave within 48 hours “for their own safety from reprisals.”
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has instructed the Egyptian government to work on facilitating the return of the Egyptian nationals in Libya.
Youm7 reported that the number of Egyptian nationals arrived at Cairo airport since the crisis reached 5077 on board of 20 flights.
The fleeing Egyptians traveled through the Djerba Airport in Tunisia after crossing the borders between Libya and Tunisia.
Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the total number of arrivals to Egypt through the Sallum border crossing is estimated at 22,000 people.
Libya, one of the largest destinations for Egyptians who seek to make their living, was dragged into security unrest since its 2011 uprising. Thousands of Egyptians among others were prompted to escape the turmoil accordingly.
The Ministry of Manpower announced on Saturday that the number of Egyptians returned in 2011 reached 170,000 and in 2014 reached 72,745.