By Libya Herald reporter.
Tobruk, 5 July 2015:
The Egyptian authorities have closed the Musaid-Sollum border crossing. According to Tobruk Municipal Council spokesman, . . .[restrict]Marwan Younis Bakr, the Egyptians closed it to Libyan travellers because of last week’s assassination of Egypt’s and the current military operations in Sinai where today 63 Islamists were reported killed. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has on several occasions expressed concerns about militants in Libya.
“The Egyptian side have declared a state of emergency at the crossing and increased the number of military personnel there”, Bakr said, quoting an unnamed Egyptian military source, and apologising for the inconvenience to Libya travellers.
Under a complex arrangement permitting border travel. Libyans can normally cross into Egypt every day except on the weekend on Fridays and Saturdays. Times have also been further curtailed during Ramadan.
The closure is not thought to affect Egyptians returning home. [/restrict]