Egypt beefs up military presence on Libya border

Egypt is beefing up its military presence on the Libyan border in response to an influx of refugees and the evacuation of Egyptian nationals, a security source told AFP on Tuesday, AFP reported.

"The army has sent extra units to ensure security along the northern frontier with Libya at the Soloum border crossing and to allow Egyptians fleeing Libya to safely return," the source said.

Some 10,000 Egyptians are already at the border, waiting to cross, after 5,000 compatriots came over on Monday, she added.

[Source: APA, AFP, Baku, 22Feb11]

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