CAIRO: Egyptian security forces foiled an attempt of illegal migration by 21 nationals and 2 Sudanese to Libya Tuesday, according to statement from Security Directorate of Sallum, western border city with Libya.
The unregistered migrants were arrested in a military zone in Sallum before entering the Libyan territories, the statement added. The Egyptian nationals are from the governorates of Alexandria, Gharbia, Kar el-Sheikh, Sohag, Minya, Fayoum, Assiut, and Beni Suef.
On Nov. 23, a total of 28 Egyptians were arrested in Sallum of the Western Desert while attempting to illegally travel to Libya.
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.
Despite security deterioration in Libya, dozens of Egyptian and African migrants were stopped at the crossing while trying to illegally travel to Libya.