Bodies of 7 slain Egyptians arrive home from Libya
Bodies of 7 slain Egyptians arrive home from Libya

CAIRO: Bodies of seven, out of nine Egyptians, who were killed in Libya, have arrived at their birthplace cities in Upper Egypt governorates of Sohag and Aswan, where burial and funeral rituals were held, Youm7 reported Friday.

Two other bodies are still kept in the morgue until their relatives receive them.

On Thursday, Cairo’s Zeinhom Morgue received a total of nine bodies of Egyptian citizens, who were killed in clashes with members of smuggling gangs by armed militias in Beni Walid city, western Libya late April.

The Egyptian Embassy to Libya has managed to identify only nine out of 13 Egyptians who were killed in the incidents.

Medical sources told Youm7 that the bodies were “rotten” because they were left for more than 10 days without being preserved.

Autopsy was applied on the bodies, citing the death reason was due to several fire shots.

In March, 15 Egyptian workers were freed after being held at an illegal immigration center in Libya, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Egyptian authorities have warned several times against traveling to Libya, after 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded in February 2015 on camera by the Islamic State group militants in Sirte city.

A state of chaos has prevailed in the oil-rich country since the former Libyan president Muammar al-Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. Islamists are controlling the northern parts of the country while the internationally recognized government is located in Tobruk city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast.

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