Egypt still confirming reported kidnapping of 21 fishermen in Libya
Badr Abdel Atty, Foreign Ministry spokesperson - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty and the Egyptian ambassador to Libya Mohamed Abu Bakr met Sunday with relatives of 21 Egyptians possibly kidnapped in Libya’s Mistrata, according to a statement from the ministry.

The Egyptian officials will be in contact with the Libyan officials to authenticate such reports and release those kidnapped if these reports were confirmed.

“We are connecting with all Libyan parties including officials, national Libyan figures, independent figures, tribal Sheikhs and the Libyan Red Crescent,” the statement read.

Twenty-one Egyptian fishermen were abducted in Misrata, Libya, announced chairperson of the 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.

If confirmed, the abduction of these fishermen coincides with 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 IS hostages have been made to wear similar clothing prior to execution.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry is scheduled to head to New York within two days to hold several meetings with the United Nations and Security Council members to discuss means of combating terrorism in Libya, said Abdel Atty in the statement.

Shoukry said Saturday during a meeting with reporters in the headquarters of the ministry that Egypt will never intervene militarily in Libya.

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