476 Egyptians return from Libya via Sallum border crossing in past 24 hours
AFP/Mahmud Turkia

CAIRO: A total of 476 Egyptian citizens have returned home from Libya via the Sallum border crossing over the past 24 hours, Masra Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Lotfy told state news agency MENA Thursday.

Out of returnees, 112 had traveled to Libya illegally, Lotfy said, adding that travel procedures of 682 people, including 269 Egyptians and 413 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 witnessed a 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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