Tripoli, 1 January:
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry today warned its citizens that they would face severe consequences if they tried to enter . . .[restrict]illegally, Libyan news agency LANA reported today.
Any Egyptians failing to heed the warning would face prosecution under Libyan law, which strictly prohibits illegal immigration across its borders, the statement said.
Egypt’s consul in Benghazi, Raja’i Nasr, also said that the Libyan government did not allow Egyptian workers diagnosed with Hepatitis C to obtain residency permits, and would deport anyone found to have entered Libya without the correct documentation or who was suffering from the virus.
Last month, the Libyan security forces deported several Egyptians who were living in Libya because medical tests showed that they were suffering from Hepatitis C and other liver diseases.