399 Egyptians returned from Libya in past 24 hours: official
Sallum crossing, Egyptian Libyan borders - YOUM7 ( Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 399 Egyptians have returned to Egypt from Libya via the Sallum border crossing during the past 24 hours, Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Lotfy told Youm7 Saturday.

The number includes 104 who allegedly traveled illegally to Libya for work purposes, he added.

Thousands of Egyptian nationals have fled Libya since a video released in mid-February showed the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts by Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Despite the security deterioration in Libya, dozens of Egyptian and African migrants continue to illegally cross the border to Libya in search of a better life either in the oil-rich country, or through traveling to European countries via the Mediterranean.

At least 1 million Egyptians have fled Libya in the wake of the 2011 uprising. The country was one of the biggest destinations for Egyptian laborers for decades.

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