CAIRO: An Egyptian citizen was accidentally killed during clashes between militants in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, Mena reported Wednesday.
Al-Hashimy ahmed Moftah’s was found dead with gunshots on his chest and his dead body was transferred to Benghazi Heath Center to be checked by forensic medicine doctors.
The number of murders and kidnappings of Egyptian expatriate workers in Libya has dramatically increased during the past few months amid political turmoil since the overthrow and murder of former President Muammar Gaddafi.
On Sep. 17, another Egyptian citizen was killed and his body was discovered Qurayyat Road in the Darag area (about 550 kilometers southwest of Tripoli), MENA reported.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said Tuesday on CBC extra channel “there is no chance to secure the Egyptians in Libya because the situation there is out of control due to the presence of armed militia.”
Another Egyptian citizen, Abu Zeid Shehata el-Sayed, who was working in a supermarket in El-Steen Station in the western Libyan city of Sirte, was reportedly shot Aug. 2 by an armed assailant, according to a Libyan security source.
Egypt closed Wednesday Salloum border with Libya until Oct. 7 upon a request form the Libyan authority due to the Eid al-Adha vacation in Libyan, Matrouh security directorate head al-Anani Hamouda told MENA.
Howayda Ahmed Abdel Salam, an Egyptian woman residing in Libya, was also shot dead in clashes that took place around Al-Gala hospital in Tripoli in July.
Thousands of Egyptians have fled ongoing violence in Libya over the last few months, following warnings from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Algeria recently opened its border with Libya for Egyptian nationals to flee the violence.
However, some of the Egyptian workers who fled have returned to Libya according to the Libyan News Agency.
Kidnapped truck drivers:
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that it is in contact with the Libyan authorities on the “repeated” incident of kidnapping Egyptian drivers with their trucks in Libya.
Libyan armed militants have kidnapped 65 Egyptian drivers in Ajdabia city in northeastern Libya, near the Egyptian borders, Gamal Own, chief of drivers in Kafr al-Zayat city told Al-Shorouk newspaper Monday. He called the Egyptian authorities to take a quick action to release them.
“The Cairo-based Egyptian embassy in Libya made contacts with the government and tribe leaders and lawmakers to set release these trucks,” the statement said.
The ministry warned the Egyptian drivers of approaching to Tobruk city, eastern Mediterranean coast and near to the Egyptian border, due to the deteriorating security situations.
In April, more than 2,000 drivers with around 500 trucks were seized in Libya’s city of Ajdabia, protesting a 25-year-imprisonment sentence against a Libyan in Egypt over a smuggling case, youm7 reported.
On Feb. 24, seven Egyptian Copts were dragged out of their homes by Islamists and were found shot in the head outside Benghazi.