Six Egyptian expats released in Northern Libya: Parliamentarian
AFP/Mahmud Turkia

CAIRO: Six Egyptian expatriates, reportedly missing since Friday, have been released in Tripoli, northern Libya, following intensified talks between the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the concerned Libyan parties, Youm7 reported Tuesday evening.

The expatriates, who were in Libya working, were sent to the headquarters of the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli, the parliamentarian for Fouh and Metobas cities in Kafr el Sheikh governorate said.

They are said to be in good condition, he added.

A relative of the released nationals said Monday that the six people were allegedly kidnapped by an armed group from their houses in Libya’s eastern city of Bayda Friday night.

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.

Egyptian authorities have warned against travelling to Libya due to the political and security turmoil. However, border guards and security forces arrest hundreds each year for trying to cross the border illegally.

Since the 2011 turmoil, the abduction and murder of Egyptian expatriates in Libya has become more frequent. Earlier this month, 13 Egyptians and three Libyans were killed in an apparent financial dispute with smuggling gangs in Libya’s town of Bani Walid.

Egyptian authorities have warned several times against traveling to Libya where a state of chaos prevails since 20 Egyptian Copts were beheaded in February 2015 on camera by the Islamic State group militants in Libya’s Sirte.

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