CAIRO: Sallum border guards arrested 103 people, including a Sudanese, attempting to illegally cross to Libya through desert routes in the western city of Sallum, Youm7 reported Monday.
This sort of arrests comes as part of an ongoing security campaign to combat “illegal immigration” at Egypt’s borders, according to Al-Anany Hamouda, head of Marsa Matrouh security directorate.
On a near-daily basis, hundreds of Egyptians and foreigners have taken the risk to illegally cross to Libya, despite the security vacuum in the oil-rich state.
Also, many Egyptian migrants have been deported after illegally arriving at European shores, while others drowned during the process. In March, 13 were deported from Italy under similar circumstances.
Egypt has announced coordination with Italy to curb the illegal practice, which was one of several high profile topics discussed during a November meeting between both countries’ leaders.