Libya sentences 17 Egyptian fishermen to 8 months for breaching waters
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CAIRO: A total of 17 Egyptian fishermen were sentenced to eight months in prison in Libya over breaching territorial waters, head of Fishermens’ Syndicate Ahmed Nassar told Youm7 Wednesday.

The fishermen were arrested in July after they illegally entered into Libyan waters without permits. Their boat called “Abu Hanaa” was confiscated by Libyan border guards.

It is not the first time Egyptian fishermen are detained over similar circumstances in Sudanese, Libyan and Tunisian waters; the number of the arrested over illegal fishing in foreign waters amount to hundreds the past few years.

In November, some other 15 Egyptian fishermen were released after being detained in a Benghazi prison for four months. They were released on 75,000 EGP ($9,000) bail.

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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