CAIRO: Libyan anti-illegal migration troops arrested Tuesday 96 Egyptians in the Libyan territories, and 50 other unregistered migrants were deported in 24 hours over the Libyan-Egyptian border crossing in Sallum.
Libyan troops in Tobruk, where the internationally-recognized Libyan government has based its headquarters, arrested the Egyptian nationals after they passed through the Egyptian side of the Great Sand Sea, Libyan Bawabat al-Wassat reported Tuesday.
The newspaper reported Libyan official statistics that showed the total number of unregistered migrants exceeded 36,000 persons, mostly from Egypt, in the first six months in 2015.
Meanwhile, a total of 50 Egyptian migrants were deported Tuesday via the Sallum crossing, Youm7 reported.
A total of 101 unregistered migrants, including five Sudanese, were arrested Sept. 20 by Egyptian border forces. The migrants were arrested in a military area near the border crossing, where civilians are banned to enter without military permission, the Marsa Matrouh Security Directorate chairperson stated.
The Cairo Airport deported 33 persons to their home countries Sept. 26 after they had been arrested attempting to migrate to Libya and Italy.
On Aug. 2, a total of 89 people, including two Sudanese, were arrested at border crossing over illegal travel to Libya, the Matrouh security directorate stated.
Despite security deterioration in Libya, dozens of Egyptian and African migrants have been stopped at the crossing while trying to illegally travel to Libya.
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.