CAIRO: A total of 82 Egyptians from 10 different governorates were arrested in a military zone in an attempt to illegally enter Libya Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
The attempted crossing was foiled near Sallum at the Egyptian-Libyan borders, where Egyptians and foreigners from the African Sub-Sahara and the Middle East take desert routes to reach the oil-rich, unstable country.
Of those arrested, 26 come from Minya, 15 from Qena, seven from Beni Suef, six from Sohag and two from Asyut, Upper Egypt.
As for the Delta, six are from Beheira, five from Dakahlia and three from Kafr el-Sheikh. Eleven others are from Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, and one from Matrouh.
All have been referred to the prosecution.
On Oct. 31, 49 Egyptians were arrested in the same area before heading to Libya, as part of dozens of migrant waves intercepted almost on weekly basis. Minister of Justice Ahmed al- Zend has announced specialized courts will be formed to tackle illegal immigration and human trafficking.
In an Oct. 13 statement, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir reported that 2,215 people were arrested in illegal immigration attempts in September, both in cities on the Mediterranean and at the Egyptian-Libya borders.