49 fishermen held in Libya for breaching territorial waters
A general view shows the eastern Libyan town of Derna - AFP

CAIRO: Approximately 49 fishermen in three boats were held in Libya after authorities accused them of fishing in their territorial waters, Youm7 reported Friday.

Head of the Fishermens’ Syndicate Ahmed Nassar told Youm7 that the boats were forced to enter the Libyan territorial waters when they were arrested, claiming that before that they were in international waters.

On Dec. 23, unknown assailants broke into the house of Magdy Sobhy in the Libyan city of Sirte then killed him and his wife Sahar Talaat, and have abducted their daughter Catherine, whose body was found days later.

Also, earlier several media outlets reported that seven Egyptian Copts, currently living in Libya, were kidnapped by an Islamist militia called ‘Fagr Libya’ in Sirt city, although the group has reportedly denied responsibility.

The Egyptian embassy in Tripoli was targeted by a car bomb in November amid rising tensions and security lapse in Libya during the past few months, due to prolonged conflict between two Islamist militias.

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