6 migrants arrested at Sallum border
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Six migrants were arrested at Sallum border before an attempt to cross illegally into Libyan territories, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Marsa Matrouh security forces managed to stop their attempt at mountainous desert roads near the border, where dozens have been caught under similar circumstances.

The arrested were from three different governorates: Minya Dakahlia and Sharqia.

They were all referred to specialized prosecution to be investigated over the incident.

The Sallum border, located on the northern west of the country neighboring the oil-rich Libya, has routinely thwarted similar attempts of illegal immigration, arresting hundreds; authorities estimate that twice as many make it through as are arrested.

On the other hand, the border is still receiving dozens of Egyptian returnees, coming back home from Libya; the number of arrivals has exceeded 144K since mid-February 2015, when 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by IS militants. The videotaped crime was followed by retaliatory military airstrikes claiming the death of dozens of Derna militants.

Libya was one of the most-travelled to destinations for Egyptians before was dragged into security turmoil following 2011 upheaval. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians fled the country at that time.

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