CAIRO: The Egypt-Libya Sallum border crossing will reopen Monday after a recent agreement was made to open the borders and allow Libyans access to Egypt, Chief of Libya’s Musaid municipality Saleh Moawd said Monday.
“A total of 100 Libyan national will enter into Egypt Monday after they have submitted their entry requests to the Egyptian authorities,” Moawd told al Wasat news website, adding that 100 Egyptian nationals will cross into the Libyan side.
A Libyan parliamentarian delegation visited the crossing Thursday to be updated on the latest developments for transportation. The delegation has agreed with the Egyptian side to reopen the crossing from both sides.
“As per the final agreement, the Libyans, aged between 13 and 59, are allowed to enter into Egypt. Meanwhile all women will enter without visa. Libyan national; either students in Egypt, hold valid residency or married to Egyptian women are allowed to enter,” Moawd added.
Egyptian vegetables shipments will head to Tobruk, where the internationally recognized Libyan government is located, he added.
Since mass execution of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libyan on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has sunk in security lapse and political turmoil since the 17 February uprising.
Due to high security measures at the crossing, infiltration attempts from both sides have been foiled. Some 105 Egyptian illegal emigrants arrived at the crossing Sunday, Youm7 reported.
On June 1, a total of 56 Egyptians, allegedly attempted to illegally cross into the Libyan territories through desert routes, were arrested.