Egypt follows up detention of 14 fishermen in Tunisian waters
Egyptian fishermen - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 14 Egyptian fishermen were apprehended Wednesday near the Tunisian Zarzis Port and the Egyptian embassy in Tunis is following up their condition, MENA reported.

Egyptian fishing boat Abu Hamada Maharem was seized in the Tunisian waters and the fishermen were escorted to Sfax Naval Base for investigations, MENA reported Egyptian Ambassador to Tunisia Ayman Mesharafa as saying.

Dozens of Egyptian fishermen have been arrested by coast guards in Sudan, Libya and Tunisian in similar incidents; many were successfully released and returned home, while others are facing trials.

Earlier in April, a group of 16 Egyptian fishermen were released after being detained for nine months by Libyan coast guards over allegedly illegally entering its territorial waters.

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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