Libyan arrested for smuggling $1.9M at Sallum border
Sallum crossing, Egyptian Libyan borders - YOUM7 ( Archive)

CAIRO: A Libyan national was arrested at the Sallum border crossing, near Egypt’s Western border with Libya, while allegedly attempting to smuggle American dollars outside Egypt, reported Youm7 Saturday.

Heading to Libya, the arrested man was driving a truck when security services at the border stopped him and found $1.9 million in his possession.

He said he was transferring the money to another person living in Libya per a request from another Libyan man, according to Youm7.

There is an ongoing intensive operation along the border with Libya to prevent any infiltration or illegal immigration.

A number of persons, have been arrested at the border for attempting to illegally cross into Libya.

The Sallum border has received thousands of Egyptians flocking back from war-torn Libya after the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts in Libya in mid-February 2015 by the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group.

The Egyptian army responded to the murder by launching airstrikes, along with the Libyan army, against suspected militant bases in Derna.

According to official numbers, the total Egyptian arrivals through the land border have reached 35,439 so far.

The government has exempted the arrivals from having to pay entry fees at the border until the end of crisis. It is also operating daily flights to carry Egyptians from Tunisian and Algerian airports after they cross the Libyan borders with Tunisia and Algeria.

Egyptian arrivals via air hit 12,480 by April 1, according to DPA.

Additional reporting by Hassan Mashaly and Ibrahim Ahmed

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