Egypt-Libya border

Security alert heightened on border with Libya

Matrouh Security Director, General Anany Hassan Hamouda, heightened the security alert along Egypt’s western border with Libya on Sunday, in coordination with the military and security apparatus.

Hamouda said that increased security measures would be implemented on Salloum port land and security patrols would be more frequent on desert roads, to prevent terrorists entering Egypt from Libya, according to Al-Ahram.

Eyewitnesses told the state-owned newspaper that the number of Egyptians coming back from Libya has increased in the last few days by 20 percent, due to the unrest in the country since May 11.

Around 350 drivers were taken hostage by militia forces in Libya last week and transported to the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, where they were allowed to contact their families.

Egyptian expatriates have been frequently targeted by various factions in Libya.

In February, four Christian Egyptian traders were killed by unknown gunmen in the city of Benghazi.