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14 illegal immigrants detained while infiltrating into Libya

Sunday 20/August/2017 - 08:50 PM
Sada El Balad
Egyptian authorities detained 14 illegal immigrants as they crossed into Aswan، southern Egypt، state-media reported on Friday، according to Libyan media reports.

Among them were thirteen people with Ethiopian nationality and one was Sudanese. They are expected to be deported to their countries.

Authorities said the immigrants carried no identification papers and sneaked into Egypt with the help of human traffic gangs.

Also، in the northern part of the country، security forces thwarted the attempts of eight people to illegally cross into Libya from Salloum. They included four Egyptians، two Eritreans، and two Ethiopians.

Although Libya still attracts Egyptian illegal immigrants despite the deadly gamble it possess، attempts like that are thwarted almost on a weekly basis.

Earlier in August، authorities caught 23 people. In mid-July، state-owned media Al-Ahram reported that 75 people were stopped from illegally crossing into Libya.While five of them were Sudanese، the rest of them came from several Egyptian governorates.

In July، the Libyan Red Crescent notified Egypt that it found the bodies of migrants in the desert. The relatives of the victims were reported to having a hard time reclaiming the bodies.

The incident highlighted once more the hardship faced by migrants، especially to Libya where people continue to hope for better opportunities despite Egyptian authorities’ repeated warnings against travelling to Libya.

Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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