51 Egyptian fishermen flee Libya
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CAIRO: A boat with 51 Egyptian fishermen arrived Monday in Rashid Port in the Delta governorate of Beheira, fleeing violence in Libya, the Egyptian head of Fishermen Syndicate in Kafr al-Sheikh Ahmed Nassar told Youm7.

“The fishermen from the villages of Borg Moghaizel and al-Sukary arrived Rashid inlet, coming from the port of Misrata, Libya, to escape from the hell of fighting there between Fagr Libya militias and the Libyan army,” Nassar said.

The families of the fishermen received them and expressed their happiness of their arrival; the fishermen were also transported to the Rashid police station to complete legal procedures required for their release, he added.

Nassar told The Cairo Post Tuesday that the fishermen would be released this evening after being investigated by the prosecution.

He revealed that 800 fishermen arrived in Egypt in the past 10 days, and that there are still approximately 300 others still in Libya; an estimated 150 of them are detained in a prison in Dafnyia district in Misrata.

Thousands  of Egyptian nationals have fled Libya following warnings from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to the current deteriorating security situation between armed Islamists militants, who control over the capital Tripoli and largest cities in the northeastern part of Libya, and the Libyan army. Algeria has opened its borders with Libya in order for Egyptian nationals to flee the violence.

Many Egyptian citizens, particularly Coptic Christians, have been targeted in Libya during the past few weeks; 21 Egyptian Copts were kidnapped by the Islamic State group in Tripoli in early January and the Egyptian government is still contacting with the Libyan authorities and sheikhs to find a way to secure their release.

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