60 Egyptians held in Libya
Gunmen in Libya - REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

CAIRO: Libyan militants seized 20 Egyptian trucks and 60 drivers Wednesday morning in Ajdabiya, northeastern Libya.

The foreign ministry’s spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty told The Cairo Post that they are currently communicating with the Libyan authorities and tribes to set free the drivers.

One of the drivers Fathy el Kashef told MENA “The militants demanded the release of a Libyan prisoner sentenced to 25 years in an Egyptian prison.”

Abdel Atty confirmed that no one of the drivers has been released.

Amid the mounting violence in Libya due to the clashes between the troops of the renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and Islmaists, an Egyptian was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Benghazi on Monday. The man, identified as 35-year-old Khalifa Hamed, was killed on the spot after unidentified armed men in a car opened fire, MENA reported.

The Foreign Ministry called on Egyptians Monday not to travel to Libya or Iraq in light of the current security conditions there, and called on all Egyptians living in Libyan and Iraqi territory to be cautious during the period they spend outside their workplaces or places of residence.

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