CAIRO: About 70 Egyptians were seized and are currently being held by a group wearing military clothes in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday evening, according to a press statement by the Foreign Ministry issued on its Facebook page on Friday.
Egyptian authorities are intensively following the preliminary information available about the incident, the statement added. It also noted that the Egyptians were detained in Ein Zara, Salah el-Din and Souq el-Gomaa districts, and were then taken to the Fight against Crime Center in the Plateau region in Tripoli.
“Currently, there is ongoing coordination between the Foreign Ministry, the presidency and the Cabinet to follow the incident, verify the available information and secure the release of the detained Egyptians,” the statement read.
The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said in the statement that Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy is carrying out calls with his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Abdel Aziz to reassure the detainees’ safety.
The Foreign Ministry urges all Egyptians, both traveling to and living in Libya, to be very cautious, to travel to Libya by air and only in necessary conditions, the spokesperson said.