Sallum troops arrest 4 Sudanese for attempting to enter Libya
Sallum Crossing - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Four Sudanese were arrested while attempting to illegally Libya near the Sallum Crossing, MENA reported early Saturday.

A file was reported about the incident and the arrested will be presented before the prosecution, the head of the Marsa Matrouh Security Directorate El-Anani Hamouda stated.

This sort of arrest is routine at the border; despite Libya’s poor security situation, many Egyptians and foreigners still try to enter the oil-rich country in search of work.

Some 25 Egyptians were arrested on Wednesday, while 94 people, including Egyptians and Sudanese, were stopped at the border on Monday for the same reason.

The Sallum border crossing has also been receiving Egyptians fleeing the security vacuum in Libya following the release of a video in mid-February showing the beheading of 20 Egyptian nationals by a Libyan branch of the Islamic State (IS) group. Cairo responded to the murders with airstrikes on suspected IS bases in eastern Libya.

So far, some 37,455 have reportedly arrived at the border returning from the war-torn Libya. The arrivals at the border are exempted of entry fees per a government decision.

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