Egypt warns citizens against travel to Libya
Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a multiple rocket launcher near Sirte, September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

CAIRO: Egypt renewed its warning against traveling to Libya where the situation is worsening, calling on the Egyptian expatriates there to be cautious.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Aide for Expatriates’ Affairs Hesham al-Naqib warned the Egyptian against travel agencies, he described as gangs, which try to make the people illegal migrate there via passing a third country, according to a statement.

On Feb. 14, 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.

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.

Since the Libyan Revolution on Feb 17, 2011 and the death of Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has seen security and political turmoil, particularly after the militant Islamic State group took footings there.

Many countries intensified their international efforts to eradicate the terrorism of the IS, especially after those militants executed nationalities form different countries. French troops secretary launched operations against the IS militants in Libya.

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