CAIRO: Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty Sunday said Libyan authorities bear responsibility for the death of 23 Egyptian workers in Tripoli Saturday.
Abdel Atty added in a phone call to CBC Extra that Egypt urges the Libyan government to promptly investigate this gruesome incident.
Twenty-three Egyptian workers were killed Saturday after a grad rocket struck their house in Tripoli.
Libya is experiencing fierce battles between rival militias, namely between troops affiliated with the government and insurgent militias describing themselves as revolutionaries.
Abdel Atty said he does not know the circumstances of the incident or if the incident was deliberate or random.
He added the Egyptian consular staff in Libya is currently coordinating with the Libyan Interior Ministry to recover the bodies and to identify them. He also called on Egyptian expatriates in Libya to look for safe hideouts or to immediately head to the Libyan-Tunisian border, as Tunisian authorities have agreed to accept stranded Egyptians.