Sallum border crossing receives hundreds of travelers between Egypt, Libya
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: The Sallum border crossing between Egypt and Libya has received a number of 1,246 people in both directions within the past 24 hours, Youm7 reported Friday.

Some 214 Egyptians and 541 Libyans left to the Libyan side, while 492 arrived in Egypt, including 112 who illegally travelled. Some 238 trucks have crossed the border in both directions during the same period.

A mass evacuation of Egyptian nationals in Libya has been witnessed last year after 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Libya’s Sirte.

The brutal attack was followed by retaliatory airstrikes by the Egyptian military claiming the killing of dozens of militants in Libya’s Derna, with some media outlets alleged the strikes killed civilians. Amid security turbulence and Islamist militias controlling large swaths of Libya’s lands, thousands of Egyptians have fled the country, which has been one of their biggest destinations in seek of work.

Since mid-February 2015, a total of 144,136 Egyptians have returned via the Sallum border crossing, security sources told Youm7. Authorities at the crossing has simultaneously foiled hundreds of attempts of illegal immigration by Egyptians and foreigners, who despite security warnings in the oil-rich state, have risked their lives to make the perilous journey.

On Friday, 19 unregistered Sudanese immigrants were deported to their country after being arrested on the Sallum crossing while trying to illegally cross into the Libyan territories.

On Jan. 19, a total of 45 migrants from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali were deported home over alleged attempts to illegally enter Israel and Libya via Egypt.

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