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Almost 15,000 Egyptians Flee Libya from Sallum Crossing

Al Arabiya News   in 
February 25, 2015

Almost 15,000 Egyptians have flocked back home from war-torn Libya, crossing at the Sallum border, state media reported Monday, following the murder of Coptic Christians by ISIS. 

Last week Egyptian and Libyan warplanes hit ISIS targets inside Libya after the jihadists released a video on Feb. 15 showing the beheadings of 21 Christians, most of them Egyptian.

Since then Egypt has urged the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who work in Libya to leave, and also chartered planes to ferry many of them home from Tunisia, which also shares borders with Libya 

At least 14,585 Egyptians have heeded that call and returned home crossing from the Sallum border post in northwest Egypt, state news agency MENA reported.

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