Egypt detains 277 undocumented migrants along borders
Published Sunday 13/10/2013 (updated) 13/10/2013 22:02
Egyptian security guards watch a Palestinian demonstration at the Rafah
Crossing on the Egypt-Gaza border on July 25, 2007. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian border guards detained 277 migrants attempting to cross Egypt's borders without proper documents on Sunday, Egyptian security sources reported.
The sources told a Ma'an reporter in Cairo that 166 of the migrants were detained in the southwest near Egypt's borders with Libya and Sudan. The sources identified the detained migrants according to nationality, describing them as 88 Sudanese, 68 Eritreans, eight Ethiopians, and two Syrians.
Six Libyan drivers were waiting in vehicles without license plates in order to help the migrants cross the Egyptian border, but the migrants were detained moments before they managed to board the vehicles. The drivers were also detained and border guards subsequently found a machine gun in one of their vehicles, sources said.
Separately, another group of migrants were detained along Egypt’s western border with Libya near al-Salloum border crossing. Sources told a Ma'an reporter that 111 migrants, including 95 Egyptians, 15 Sudanese and one Bangladeshi, were detained.
In the same area, Egyptian border guard forces reported that they seized about 22 kilograms of hashish in a vehicle without license plates.
Separately, Egyptian troops reportedly detained a "dangerous criminal" in the northeastern city of al-Qantara, on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. The suspect is accused of attacking military checkpoints and police officers in North Sinai district. He had been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.