CAIRO: Sallum crossing authorities arrested 150 persons for attempted illegal immigration amid tight measures taken at the country’s borders, Youm7 reported Monday.
Those arrested include Egyptians and Sudanese; they are accused of trying to reach the Libyan side illegally through desert roads in Sallum.
A police report was filed regarding the incident, and the arrested will be referred to the prosecution.
Arrests of both Egyptians and foreigners at the Sallum border has become common and “comes as part of the set plan in coordination with the armed forces and border guards intelligence bureau and the national security department in Marsa Matrouh,” said Anani Hamouda, head of Matrouh security directorate.
Dozens were arrested at the border this month. Some 25 were arrested April 15 and 94 others including foreigners were arrested April 13 on charges of “illegal infiltration.”
The border customs authorities have also halted attempts to smuggle goods.
Despite hundreds of Egyptians fleeing war-torn Libya through the Sallum border, many others are still attempting to enter the oil-rich country in search for work.
Libya has been one of the largest destinations for Egyptian laborers who are seeking to make a better living.
Additional reporting by Hassan Mashaly.