12 unregistered migrants arrested at Sallum border
Sallum crossing. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have arrested 12 unregistered migrants for trying to illegally cross into Libya via the Egyptian-Libyan border crossing of Sallum, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The migrants are being investigated. Their nationalities are not yet known.

On March 27, six migrants were arrested at the border before an attempt to cross illegally into Libya.

The Sallum border, which is located in the north west of the country and neighbors oil-rich Libya, has routinely thwarted similar attempts of illegal immigration, arresting hundreds; authorities estimate that twice as many make it through as are arrested.

Libya was one of the most-travelled to destinations for Egyptians prior to the security turmoil following the 2011 upheaval. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians fled the country at that time. However, recently, hundreds of people cross illegally into Libya which is considered a migration route to Europe via the Mediterranean.

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