CAIRO: A total of 24 people from Sudan, Ethiopia and Nigeria were deported from Cairo International Airport Sunday after they were detained for trying to illegally cross into neighboring countries, Youm7 reported.
The police escorted the deportees from Matrouh, Alexandria, Ismailia and Qalyubia to the airport.
The deportation was coordinated with the embassies of their respective countries.
A total of 222 people of different nationalities were arrested May 9-18 in illegal immigration attempts north, south and west of Egypt, according to a statement by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
Hundreds of people from African nations have been arrested in Egypt in attempts to cross illegally to Israel in the east, Libya in the west and Italy via the Mediterranean.
In April, 15 Ethiopians, 4 Somalis and 19 Eritreans were arrested after illegally entering Aswan city in Upper Egypt, while in March, 42 Eritreans were arrested over similar circumstances, Youm7 reported.
Nineteen unregistered Sudanese migrants were deported from Egypt Mar. 19 after being arrested before illegally entering Libya territories. On Jan. 19, a total of 45 migrants from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali were deported over alleged attempts to illegally enter Israel and Libya via Egypt.