CAIRO: About 300 Egyptian fishermen, who reportedly fled the war-ravaged Libyan city of Misrata, had arrived Friday to their hometown in the Nile Delta city of Kafr El-Sheikh, Youm7 reported.
The fishermen, who were on board of 10 boats sailed from Misrata’s sea port on the Mediterranean Wednesday, escaped from armed clashes with heavy weapons between the national Libyan army and rival militia groups, who refused to lay down arms.
Abdu Nassar, chief of fishermen syndicate urged Wednesday President Abdel Fatah al Sisi to dispatch helicopters to follow up the boats and try to rescue them due to the unsteady weather and high waves hit Egypt and North African countries during the past four days, You7 reported Wednesday.
Egyptians have been targeted in Libya amid the security lapse that broke out following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
Thirteen Egyptian Copts were abducted after gunmen stormed a residence for expatriates in the Libyan city of Sirte Saturday, Magdy Malik, a Christian activist in Egypt was quoted as saying by Youm7.
On December 23, unidentified assailants broke into the house of an Egyptian doctor in the Libyan city of Sirte before they have killed him and his wife and have abducted their daughter Catherine, whose body was found dead days later.