FM says news of two Egyptians kidnapped in Libya pending verification
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Foreign Ministry will verify the circuited news about the kidnapping of two Egyptian workers in Libya, ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said on Friday.

Abdel Atty said in a statement the FM will demand the Libyan government to release the kidnapped if the news is confirmed as truth.

Egyptian expatriate in Libya Mohamed Khairy el-Masry said Friday that Libyan militias kidnapped two Egyptians butchers in Tripoli, according to Youm7. Masry said the militants asked for a ransom of 100,000 dirham ($27,226.)

Libyan Ambassador to Cairo Mohamed Fayez told The Cairo Post that he had no information about the incident.

Relations between Libya and Egypt have been tense over the past month since Libyan militants seized seven Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli in January. It was a  response to the arrest of a Libyan militia figure by Egyptian authorities, who were released after seven days.

On Feb. 24, seven Egyptians were found dead on a beach in Benghazi and Libya has yet to identify the  identity of the offenders. A number of Egyptian citizens were detained on by Libyan authorities March 16, 12 of which were deported for having improper visas.

Additional reporting by Amira Abdel Salam and AlaamAbdel Ghafar.

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