More than 100 would-be migrants detained at Egyptian border
Sallum crossing, Egyptian Libyan borders - YOUM7 ( Archive)

CAIRO:  A total of 101 unregistered migrants, including five Sudanese, were arrested Sunday by Egyptian border forces, Youm7 reported.

The migrants were arrested in a military area near the border crossing of Sallum, where civilians are banned to enter without military permission, the Marsa Matrouh Security Directorate chairperson said in a statement Sunday.

Among the migrants are 95 Egyptian emigrants; 24 from Upper Egypt’s Sohag, four from Delta’s Kafr al-Sheikh, 11 from Dakahlia, 12 from Beheira, 2 from Cairo, 11 from Qena, 10 from Minya, 8 from Fayoum, three from Sharqia, one from Giza, and two others from  Asyut an al-Qalyobia. They have been under investigations, the statement noted.

In July, three illegal attempts of more than 340 illegal migrants were foiled by Egyptian authorities before heading to restive Libyan territories, Youm7 reported.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.

On Sept.6, Egyptian navy forces intercepted an alleged illegal migration attempt by 228 migrants from various nationalities near Alexandria, stated military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

In light of solving asylum seekers’ crisis, Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris recently offered to buy a Greek or Italian island for unregistered migrants. He announced that he had identified two private Greek islands and is in negotiations with their owners to purchase them.

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