881 migrants arrested in Western Desert, North Coast: military
Egypt's navy foils an illegal immigration attempt. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 881 people of different nationalities were arrested in different areas in Egypt in illegal immigration attempts, according to a Wednesday military statement.

In the Western Desert, 450 people were arrested in separate illegal immigration attempt and infiltration attempts, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir’s statement. Hundreds of Egyptians, mostly from underprivileged governorates, and people from other countries are routinely arrested near the Libyan borders trying to access the oil-rich, yet unstable country.

Hundreds of people, many from African nations and Arab states, are arrested periodically on the North Coast trying to take the Egyptian Mediterranean shores to Europe.

In North Sinai, two tunnels on the borders with Gaza were discovered, as well as 20 kilos of heroin. Meanwhile, Egypt dispatched 1,492 vehicles loaded with different goods to Israel-controlled goods crossing Karam Abu Salem, which were allowed into Gaza strip, Samir said.

In South Sinai, more than five feddans of poppy farms were discovered by the Third Field Army.

In Egypt’s southern desert, 13 people of different nationalities were arrested in three SUVs with three birdshot guns, ammunition and field glasses. Six other plate-less SUVs loaded with 9,450 cancerous cartons of cigarettes were seized.

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