25,000 SAR fine to release Egyptian fishermen detained in Saudi Arabia
Bakry Abu el-Hassan - YOUM7 (Archive)

SUEZ: Egyptian fishermen detained in Saudi Arabia for trespassing the kingdom’s territorial waters without permit were released on Thursday after paying a 25,000 Saudi Riyal (SAR) fine to the Saudi authorities, Suez senior fisherman Bakry Abu el-Hassan told Youm7.

Abu el-Hassan said that the rest of the detained fishermen would be released during the next few days.

The corpse of the Egyptian fisherman who was shot dead by the Saudi coastguards is set to arrive to Egypt soon after the relevant investigations carried out by the Saudi authorities are over, said Abu el-Hassan.

On Feb. 20, the Saudi authorities announced the arrest of two fishing boats carrying 66 Egyptian fishermen after they entered Saudi waters without a permit. One fisherman was shot dead and another was injured during a manhunt by the Saudi coast guard to capture the two boats, whose crews did not response to warning shots.

On March 4, Ambassador Adel al-Alfy, Egypt’s consul general in Jeddah, said Saudi authorities released 59 of these fishermen.

Originally published in Youm7.

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