CAIRO: Cairo International Airport received Friday morning 306 Egyptians coming from Libya through Djerba Airport in Tunisia; total number of arrivals via air reached 9025 on board of 35 flights.
Cairo airport has been receiving daily flights carrying hundreds of Egyptian nationals who escaped the security unrest in Libya after 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) group in the troubled North African country in mid-February.
Egyptian airstrikes against IS locations in Libya’s Derna, close the Western borders with Egypt, followed the beheading.
Since then, many Egyptians were prompted to leave the country and return back to Egypt; the government has said it is working on facilitating their return back.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated it continues its talks with Tunisian and Algerian officials to coordinate the arrival of Egyptians through the two countries’ borders with Libya. Egyptians arrive in Cairo airport either through Djerba airport in Tunisia or Ain Amnas airport in Algeria.
Also, above 27, 000 Egyptians arrived in Egypt through Sallum border crossing.
It is not the first time Egyptians have fled unrest in Libya, as the country has gradually fallen into a security vacuum since its 2011 uprising.
The Ministry of Manpower announced that the number of Egyptians returned in 2011 reached 170,000 and in 2014 reached 72,745.