464 Egyptians return from Libya via Sallum border crossing in past 24 hours
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: A total of 464 Egyptian citizens returned home from Libya via the Sallum border crossing during the past 24 hours, Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Lotfy was quoted by state news agency MENA Friday.

Out of returnees, 336 had traveled to Libya illegally, Lotfy said, adding that travel procedures of 476 people, including 235 Egyptians and 241 Libyans, have been finalized.

Since the mass murder of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has sunk in security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

At least 1 million Egyptians have fled Libya in the wake of 2011 turmoil; the country was one of the biggest destinations for Egyptian laborers. Many Egyptians, particularly from Upper Egypt, still make the trek to the unstable country looking for work.

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