CAIRO — An Egyptian security official said about 5,000 Egyptians have returned home from Libya by land and about 10,000 more are waiting to cross the Libya-Egypt border.
Egypt said it will also send six commercial and two military planes to repatriate thousands more citizens caught in the deadly revolt against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Egypt's foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit accused Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam of inciting against Egyptians by suggesting they joined the protests against his father.
The security official said Egyptian troops have beefed up their presence on the border with Libya and set up a field hospital there. He did not give details and spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to share such information.