19 arrested in Siwa due to attempted illegal travel to Libya
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A number of 19 people, including non-Egyptians, have been arrested while trying to reach Libyan territories illegally via Siwa Oasis’ mountainous routes, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Located in the western part of Egypt and 50km east of the Libyan border, Siwa is one of several outlets that severalEgyptian and foreign unregistered migrants try to seek to cross the borders and reach Europe.

Hundreds of people are being arrested at Sallum crossing Border en-route to Libya despite deteriorated security state there. Reports say that many succeeded to reach the oil-rich country but no accurate figures are available.

Egyptian authorities have recently heightened its security measures at all entryways and exits of the country, both land and coastal, where dozens of illegal immigration attempts are being foiled.

The authorities’ escalations come as part of a national plan to combat the phenomenon, which also include establishing specialized courts to consider the cases.

The Egyptian military has announced that it arrested a total of 449 people, including non-Egyptians in December due to illegal immigration attempts. December marked a decline compared to previous months, where 610 people were arrested in November, while 3,576 and 2,215 were arrested in October and September, respectively.

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