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251 Egyptians return from Libya through Salloum border crossing

Monday 23/July/2018 - 06:46 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassnein Tayea
251 Egyptians returned home on Monday over the last 24 hours from Libya through Salloum crossing، Marsa Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Nasr said in a statement.

Some 36 out of the returnees had illegally traveled to Libya، he added.

Meanwhile، travel procedures for 985 persons، including 243 Egyptians and 742 Libyans، have been finalised، Nasr noted.
The border has been closed following the disappearance of Libyan security forces on 15 August. The reason for their disappearance is still unknown.

For decades Libya has been a major destination for Egyptian migrant workers due to its once booming oil economy، geographical proximity and open borders.

Instability in Libya has prompted tens of thousands of Egyptian workers to return to Egypt، though many have remained.

Egypt renewed warnings to its citizens to avoid travelling to Libya in April. The country remains dangerous and Islamic State operatives beheaded 20 Coptic Egyptian migrant workers in February.

Libya is a hot spot for would-be migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean and enter Europe.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that between 330،000 and 1.5 million Egyptians we working in Libya before the NATO-backed war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the subsequent unrest.

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