67K Egyptians have fled Libya since IS beheading video
Photo From Islamic State Group (IS) Video - Screen Shot

CAIRO: At least 67,530 Egyptians have returned from war-torn Libya since the Islamic State group published a video showing the beheading of 20 Egyptians in mid-February, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Many of those who returned arrived through the Sallum land crossing, and thousands of others have returned via air.

Sallum officials said that in the last 24 hours, they had facilitated arrival procedures for 215 Egyptians and Libyans. Some 685 others, 66 of them Egyptians, departedfor Libya within the past 24 hours.

Libya has suffered from security unrest since its 2011 uprising, with Islamist militiants controlling large swathes of the country; some 170,000 Egyptians fled the oil-rich state, according to government figures.

Since the execution video, Cairo has warned against traveling to Libya and urged Egyptian nationals to return.

Additional reporting by Hassan Mashaly

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