26 arrested at Sallum border for attempted illegal immigration to Libya
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 26 people, including 10 Sudanese, were arrested by Sallum border guards while attempting to illegally cross into the Libyan territory through desert routes, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The arrested migrants will be referred to specialized prosecution to be investigated.

Such arrests are usual at the border, which has stopped hundreds of similar attempts by unregistered migrants, both Egyptians and foreigners, to travel to the oil-rich country, despite government’s warnings of deteriorated security situation there.

The migrants reportedly risk the peril of this risky journey in search of a better life either in the oil-rich country, or through traveling to European countries via the Mediterranean.

On the other hand, the crossing has received thousands of Egyptians returning from Libya. Around 124,000 nationals have arrived since the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya in February 2015.

Additional reporting by Hassan Mashaly 

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