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Egyptian workers endangered in Libya

Poor Egyptian workers in Libya have been threatened and killed by Islamic militias, while Egypt has announced its official support for the Libyan army against the terrorists.
A group of Egyptian illegal immigrants, who according to authorities will be deported back to Egypt through the border with Tunisia on Wednesday, are seen being held at the Alkarareem immigration centre in the east of Misrata February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTR4Q60O
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CAIRO — By supporting the Libyan army, Egypt has shown official interest in the political and security issues in Libya and the fight against extremist jihadist groups and armed militias for reasons related to Egyptian national security. Meanwhile, Egyptians living in Libya, especially Copts and poor laborers, suffer amid ongoing threats made by organizations affiliated with the Islamic State (IS).

The Arab Center for Research and Studies issued a report Feb. 14 on the situation of Egyptian workers in Libya, be they Muslims or Copts. The report fully blames the Egyptian state for the killing of Egyptian workers in Libya, especially Copts, and it explains that the poor people of Port Said city in Egypt top the list of emigrants to Libya. It pointed out that the killing and security threats suffered by Egyptians in Libya — a community about which no official data is available — show the deterioration of Egyptian workers’ conditions in Libya as well as the absence of legislation and safeguards to protect them abroad.

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