CAIRO: A total of 28 Egyptians were arrested in Sallum of the Western Desert while attempting to illegally travel to Libya Monday, Youm7 reported.
The migrants include 19 from Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, two from Beni Suef, two from Asyut and two from Sohag in Upper Egypt and one from Matrouh.
Those arrested have been referred to the prosecution. Minister of Justice Ahmed al- Zend has announced specialized courts to tackle illegal immigration and human trafficking.
Seven Sudanese were also arrested along with 35 Egyptians Sunday while attempting to illegally cross into Libya.
Meanwhile in North Sinai in the east, five “African” migrants were shot dead Monday while trying to illegally immigrate to Israel through the borders it shares with Egypt, an official medical source in the governorate told Youm7.
Eleven African migrants were injured in the interception, the source added.
The reports have not yet clarified the origins of the migrants or the party that shot at them.
On Nov. 15, 16 Sudanese migrants were shot dead in the same turbulent area of North Sinai while trying to cross into Israel.
In October, 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.