CAIRO: Border troops arrested 25 Egyptians allegedly attempting to cross into Libyan territory illegally on Wednesday south of the Sallum border crossing.
The arrested citizens include six from Beheira, eight from Qena, three from Fayoum, seven from Sohag and one from Sharqia.
On April 7 35 citizens were arrested while attempting travelling to Libya; 33 were arrested April 3, 75 on March 30, and 45 on March 26 were also arrested on the same charges.
Many from Upper Egypt, which has some of Egypt’s highest unemployment rates, have attempted to travel to Libya in search for work, usually in 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.