11 fishermen held in Tunisia for illegal trespassing: spox
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil

CAIRO: Egypt is “closely following” investigations conducted by Tunisian authorities into the alleged trespass of 11 Egyptian fishermen into Tunisian waters, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid told Youm7 Wednesday.

“The Egyptian Embassy in Tunisia and the General Egyptian Consulate in the Tunisian city of Djerba have been following to reveal the results of the investigations initiated by the Tunisian authorities with the fishermen and provide the necessary facilities to free the Egyptian fishermen,” Abu Zeid said.

On Monday, Tunisian coast guards in the country’s southeastern city of Zarzis reportedly arrested 11 Egyptian fishermen onboard a boat that was intercepted 19 kilometers off of the Tunisian coast.

The coast guards claimed they warned the fishermen three times, and asked them to leave the territorial waters of Tunisia, according to Youm7.

Several Egyptian fishermen have been arrested lately fishing in territorial waters of neighboring countries, including Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has constantly called on fishermen to respect the sovereignty of other countries and not to fish in their waters without prior permits.

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