CAIRO: A total of 14 Egyptian passengers bound for the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, were placed on a travel ban list Monday after authorities discovered they were planning to head to Libya, per an Egyptian decision to ban travel to the security turbulent country, according to Youm7.
The youths reportedly told the Cairo Airport authorities, who suspected their large number, that they paid 4,000 EGP ($450) to a company that gave them the visa. They added that their plan was to fly to United Arab Emirates and then to Libya in search for work.
A similar incident just took place on Sunday; 14 youths were also stopped from boarding a flight to Jordan, after they revealed their plans were to then head to Libya.
Egypt has halted direct flights with Libya, which has been dragged into security vacuum as Islamist militias control swaths of its lands.
Egyptians who are fleeing the turmoil in the oil-rich state are returning to their home country via the western border of Sallum crossing, which has arrested hundreds of Egyptians and foreigners over attempts of crossing to Libya despite government warnings.
After halting flights, the government has cooperated to help Egyptian nationals in Libya return via Tunisia after 20 Egyptian Copts were killed by the Islamic State group branch in Sirte city.