Within the framework of Egyptian armed forces’ efforts to eradicate criminals، smugglers and drug traffickers who plot to harm Egyptian national security، the Border Guard Forces have said they have arrested 2770 illegal migrants during the period between 16 January and 12 February in the country’s western and southern border regions.
The spokesman of the Egyptian army، Tamer El-Refai، also announced in a statement released on Monday that border guards had seized two machine guns، 5000 bullets of various calibers and 24 explosive devices.
The forces also seized 1800 kilograms of narcotics، 8000 kg of Hashish، one million and 103.000 pills of unspecified illegal substances، in addition to large amounts of smuggled weapons of various types and ammunition.
This comes in continuation of the Egyptian armed forces’ efforts to launch severe blows to criminals، smugglers and drug traffickers who plot to harm Egyptian national security.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi approved in November 2016 a law aimed at curbing irregular immigration and cracking down on human smuggling amid a hike in the number of migrants، many from sub-Saharan Africa، departing from the country to Europe.