151K Egyptians returned from Libya since ISIS beheading video
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 151, 605 Egyptians have returned from Libya via Sallum border since February 2015, when Islamic State group published a video showing the murder of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The Sallum crossing, located in western Egypt and neighboring Libya’s eastern border, has witnessed hundreds of attempts of illegal emigration by both Egyptians and foreigners to the oil-rich state, despite warnings of security lapse and political turmoil.

Over the past 24 hours, around 815 Egyptians and Libyans, and 279 trucks have crossed the border in both directions.

The confirmation of the murders was followed by retaliatory airstrikes by the Egyptian military, which claimed it killed dozens of militants in Libya’s Derna, with some media outlets alleged the strikes also killed civilians.

Cairo has urged Egyptian nationals to return home and leave Libya, which has been one of the most popular destinations for those seeking work.

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