The Egyptian army said on Tuesday that border forces have arrested 230 people trying to sneak into neighboring countries through desert routes. (File picture: AP)
The Egyptian army said on Tuesday that border forces have arrested 230 people trying to sneak into neighboring countries through desert routes. 

"The border forces have arrested 230 people from different nationalities before infiltration and illegal migration between 10-26 August," Tamer el Refai, spokesman of the armed forces, said in a statement. 

Egypt is a desired destination for illegal migrants who try to cross its territories to Libya on their way to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, in hopes of getting rid of the difficult economic conditions in their own countries. 

In September 2016, a migrant boat carrying some 600 people to Italy sank near the coast of Egypt's northern Beheira Province, leaving more than 200 dead.

The EU's border agency Frontex has warned that a growing number of migrants bound for Europe are using Egypt as a departure point for the sea voyage. 

- Xinhua