21 Egyptian fishermen kidnapped in Libya
Head of the Fishermen’s Syndicate Ahmed Nassar - YOUM7
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CAIRO: Twenty-one Egyptian fishermen were abducted in Misrata, Libya, announced chairperson of Egyptian Syndicate of Fishermen Ahmed Nassar announced Saturday evening.

Nassar said the men were kidnapped by members of Fajr Libya in the northwestern city of Misrata, and called on authorities to take all measures for their immediate release, Youm7 reported.

The relatives of the kidnapped fishermen, who are from the Delta governorate of Kafr el-Sheikh city, are planning to head to the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry to find out the latest news of the fishermen, Nassar told “On My Responsibility” talk show, adding that the fishermen had entered Libyan territories legally.

“They obtained official work documents from the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and the Libyan embassy in Cairo,” Nassar noted, calling the authorities to stop issuing work licenses in Libya due to the deteriorating security situation.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty contacted Nassar to follow up the situation of the Fishermen, ON T.V. reported.

The abduction of these fishermen follows an ongoing situation of 21 other Egyptians who were also kidnapped, and have been feared executed by a Libyan branch of the Islamic State group.

IS issued Thursday the seventh edition of its English-language magazine “Dabiq,” showing photos of 21 Egyptian Copts allegedly kidnapped in Libya’s city of Sirte. The photos show the Egyptian nationals in orange jumpsuits and being handcuffed by masked men. Former ISIS hostages have been made to wear similar clothing prior to execution.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, to assure him that “is personally following up on the matter and that all competent state authorities will spare no effort to ascertain a clear understanding of the situation,” said presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef Saturday.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry is scheduled to head to New York within three days to hold several meetings with the United Nations and Security Council members to discuss means of combating terrorism in Libya, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty in a talk show Saturday.

Abdel Atty added Egyptian officials are in contact with Libyan officials in Tobruk; after Islamists of Libya took control over north Libyan cities such as Tripoli, Misurata, and Sirte, the new interim government and parliament took Tobruk as a base.

On Jan. 19, a boat with 51 Egyptian fishermen arrived Monday in Rashid Port in the Delta governorate of Beheira, fleeing violence in Libya. Up to that date, 800 fishermen had arrived in Egypt and that there are still approximately 300 others still in Libya; an estimated 150 of them are detained in a prison in the Dafnyia district in Misrata.

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