360 Egyptians return from Libya via Sallum border crossing: official
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 360 Egyptian national have returned home from Libya, while 235 others traveled to the oil-rich country via the Sallum border crossing over past 24 hours, Matrouh security chief Hisham Lotfy announced Thursday.

Out of the 360 Egyptians who arrived, 308 had traveled illegally, Lotfy said, adding that a total of 423 Libyan nationals have departed the border crossing to Libya.

Since the mass murder of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has sunk in security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

At least 1 million Egyptians have fled Libya in the wake of 2011 turmoil; the country was one of the biggest destinations for Egyptian laborers. Many Egyptians, particularly from Upper Egypt, still make the trek to the unstable country looking for work.

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