CAIRO: A total of 35 Egyptians were prevented from illegally travelling to Libya after they were found in a military zone at the desert borders Monday, according to a statement by the Matrouh security directorate.
The arrested citizens include 10 from Minya, seven from Asyut, five from Beni Sueif, five from Qena, and four from Fayoum, all in Upper Egypt. Two are from Kafr el Sheikh and Beheira in the Delta, and one is from Giza.
On April 3, 33 were arrested while attempting to illegally travel to Libya; 75 were also arrested March 30 and 45 March 26 in Sallum.
Many from Upper Egypt, which has some of Egypt’s worst unemployment, have attempted to travel to Libya in search for work, usually manual labor, despite the western neighbor’s deteriorating security conditions.
In February, the Islamic State group in Libya beheaded 20 Egyptians; Cairo responded to the execution with airstrikes against selected IS targets. The Egyptian government subsequently called for Egyptians in Libya to leave, and thousands have since fled the oil-rich country.