CAIRO: Some 25,529 Egyptians have returned from Libya in the past week, the majority of whom through the Sallum western border crossing, according to a Friday Facebook statement by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry.
Only 4,122 Egyptians returned home via air after fleeing Libya to Tunisia, according to the ministry. Egyptians began to flee the oil-rich country after the Islamic State group (IS) posted a video of beheading 20 Copts and Cairo launched airstrikes against the militants’ locations in Derna.
A total of 60 Sudanese people have also arrived in Egypt from Libya through the land crossing alongside 2,063 Egyptians Thursday through Friday, Youm7 reported Head of Land Ports Authority Gamal Hegazy as saying.
The mass departure from Libya is the second for Egyptian workers; thousands of Egyptians left Libya in August 2014 with the help of their government after Islamist militants gained control over Tripoli.
Two rival governments are in control of territories in Libya, an internationally recognized government in Tobruk and Islamist-leaning authorities in the capital of Tripoli.