107 including children arrested in illegal travel to Libya
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 107 people, including two children, were arrested in an attempt to illegally travel to Libya, Youm7 reported.

They were arrested in a military zone in Sallum near the Libyan borders and transferred to the prosecution. Minister of Justice Ahmed al- Zend has announced specialized courts will be formed to tackle illegal immigration and human trafficking.

Of those arrested, 54 are from Minya, 16 are from Beni Suef, 13 from Asyut, nine from Sohag, six from Damietta, three from Fayoum, one from Qalyubia, one form Menoufia and one from Beheira.

Thousands of Egyptians have been arrested in similar circumstances in the past months; the majority of whom come from Upper Egypt.

In October, the Egyptian authorities thwarted the attempt of 3,576 people of different nationalities to illegally immigrate to Libya and Europe, mostly in Sallum and the Delta’s Mediterranean shores, according to a statement by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

In September, 2,215 people were arrested in illegal immigration attempts, Samir said in a previous statement.

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