CAIRO: Egypt is in constant contact with the Libyan authorities to identify the 16 citizens who were reportedly shot dead by human traffickers in Libya earlier this week, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid told The Cairo Post Saturday.
Deporting the dead bodies of the citizens back home will take time as Libyan authorities are still identifying the unregistered emigrants, Abu Zeid added.
Egypt confirmed Thursday the killing of 16 Egyptian emigrants by Libyan human traffickers on Wednesday evening, saying that they were killed following clashes with Libyan human traffickers in Beni Walid city northwest of Libya.
In spite of deteriorating security situation, Libya remains a north African gate for illegal migration to Europe via the Mediterranean.
Egyptian authorities have warned several times against traveling to Libya where a state of chaos is prevailing since the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. Islamists are controlling the northern parts of the country while the internationally recognized government took its headquarters in Tobruk city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast.