Libya releases 15 Egyptian fishermen after 4-month detention
Egyptian fishermen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Libyan authorities have released 15 Egyptian fishermen detained for four months for “breaching regional Libyan waters,” Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Hisham Al-Naqeeb was quoted by Al Masry Al Youm Tuesday.

The fishermen, all from Borg Meghayzel village in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh, will be escorted to the Sallum border crossing in preparation for their return to their home country, said Naqeeb.

They were released on 75,000 EGP ($9,000) bail, which they paid for after their relatives sold their property, Ahmed Abdou, head of the Egyptian fishermen’s syndicate told Al Masry Al Youm Tuesday.

Over the past years, hundreds of Egyptian fisherman have been detained and later released after illegally fishing in Sudanese, Libyan and Tunisian waters.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has constantly warned Egyptian fishermen not to fish in the territorial waters of neighboring countries without permission.

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