ArabFinance: Egypt repatriated 800 of its citizens on June 22nd after they were stranded in Sudan in line with the closure of the borders, Minister of Emigration and Egyptians Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram said.

The returnees started moving at dawn from Khartoum after fulfilling all the needed procedures for their comeback, Makram elaborated.

The Egyptian side coordinated with authorities of Kastal Border Crossing and the city of Abu Simbel in Aswan.

All logistical preparations were completed after the stranded Egyptians registered at the Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum, in collaboration with Ashraf Attia, the governor of Aswan, and non-governmental organizations.

The minister remarked that all precautionary measures were considered to flatten the spread of COVID-19. This included disinfecting and sterilizing buses as well as wearing face masks.

On June 20th, Makram announced that some Egyptian nationals stuck in Sudan would be brought back within a few days.

Eshkeet border between the two African states was closed in March in line with the outbreak of coronavirus.

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