Egypt tightens security on Libyan border following mysterious air strikes

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Egyptian forces near the Libyan border have been put on high alert following air strikes on Jan. 10 from unidentified fighter jets inside Libya.

imgresThe fighter jets struck Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets inside Libya, according to news reports. The Libyan coastal city of Sirte has served as ISIL’s capital in North Africa since the terror group seized the city last summer.

Hesham Lotfi, chief of security in Matrouh province, the nearest Egyptian province to Libya, said the police were seeking to secure “the strategic depth” of Egypt’s territory around the border and that army was working to keep the border secure.

Lotfi said around-the-clock patrols continue to work at deserted areas and desert pathways that are usually used by smugglers.