CAIRO: Egyptian security forces thwarted Saturday an illegal migration attempt by 66 Egyptians and three Sudanese nationals along the Egyptian western border with Libya, Youm7 reported a security official as saying.
The unregistered migrants were arrested at Sallum border crossing before entering into the Libyan territories, said Hesham Lotfi, security chief of the coastal city of Marsa Matrouh.
The Egyptian emigrants include two people from Cairo, 33 from Upper Egypt’s Minya, 10 from Delta’s Beheira, six from Beni Suef, three from Asyut, three from Fayoum, three from Qena, two from Kafr el-Sheikh, two from Damietta, one from al-Sharqia, and one from Dakahlia.
All the emigrants have been kept in custody pending investigations, Lotfi said.
Dozens of illegal migration attempts to Libyan territories have recently been foiled by the security forces, despite the Egyptian Foreign Ministry warning against travelling to chaos-stricken Libya, which is considered a gateway for illegal migration to European countries via the Mediterranean.
Five days ago, a total of 16 Egyptian emigrants were fatally shot by Libyan human traffickers, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday, saying that they were killed following clashes with Libyan human traffickers in Beni Walid city west north of Libya.
A total of 881 people of different nationalities were arrested in different areas in Egypt in illegal immigration attempts, stated Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a statement Wednesday.