12 Egyptian fishermen intercepted in Mediterranean by Tunisian coastguards
Egyptian fishing boat - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Twelve Egyptian fishermen have been arrested by Tunisian coastguard, owner of the fishing boat Ahmed el- Letkawi told Youm7 Saturday.

The fishermen, all from a town in the Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh, were intercepted by a Tunisian launch and taken to Zarzis port in Skax, near the Libyan border, Letkawi said.

Ghaly Hassan Shehata, member of Watna Center for Human Rights and a resident of the fishermen’s hometown, told Youm7 the Egyptian nationals were in a fishing trip to Malta, and the Tunisian coastguard escorted them from international waters to Zarzis.

For his part, Letkawi requested the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to intervene to release the fishermen.

Egyptian fishermen are often arrested in foreign waters; they have been arrested in Libyan, Tunisian, Turkish and Sudanese waters. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has demanded citizens not to transgress outside territorial waters.

In August, Sudan released 101 Egyptian fishermen after being jailed in April for fishing in Sudanese waters after Egypt pardoned 44 Sudanese detainees.

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