15 Egyptian fishermen released by Libya after 8-month detention
Egyptian fishermen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A group of 15 Egyptian fishermen were released by after being detained for eight months in Libya, Ahmed Nassar, the Egyptian fishermen syndicate head Ahmed Nassar told Youm7 Wednesday.

The fishermen, all from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh, “were detained in June 2015 in the Libyan city of Misrata by Islamist Libyan armed group, Fajr Libya,” Nassar said, adding that they are expected to return to Egypt within a few days.

In February 2015, Fajr Libya has issued a statement calling on Egyptian workers “to leave the country within 48 hours in order to protect them from any revenge attacks” following the Egyptian air forces’ strikes against Islamic State militant group’ targets.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned fishermen against working in the territorial waters of neighboring countries with armed conflicts and not to pursue any activities in their territorial waters without a prior permission.

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