CAIRO: A total of 80 people were stopped at Sallum, Egypt’s western border with Libya, while attempting to illegally cross into the Libyan territories, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The unregistered migrants included 72 Egyptians, six Sudanese, 1 Ethiopian and another Yemeni. They were arrested while using desert routes to leave the country without official papers.
They were referred to prosecution after reviewing their criminal records. Such arrests happen routinely at Egyptian borders, where security measures were intensified to curb the practice of illegal immigration. Border guards have also seized dozens of attempts to smuggle contraband and drugs.
Meanwhile, the Sallum border has received 1,455 travelers in both directions over the past 24 hours.
Hisham Lotfy, Marsa Matrouh security director, told Youm7 that a total of 901 have arrived in Egypt via the border, raising the number of Egyptian returnees from the oil-rich state since mid-February 2015 to 176,940.
A brutal video of 20 Egyptian Copts beheaded by the Islamic State militant group in Sirte city was broadcast last year, prompting thousands of Egyptians to flock back to their country especially following airstrikes by Egypt’s military claimed hitting militants’ hideouts in Libya’s Derna city.