Egypt announces freedom for six nationals detained in Libya
Six Egyptian nationals held in an irregular detention center in western Libya have set free, Egypt’s oreign ministry announced.
“According to the information received from our embassy in Tripoli, the six Egyptians have been released,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Twitter Sunday.
“We are following their safe return to the homeland,” he added, without providing any further details.
The nationals, all of them Christians, were reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom in Libya for over a week.
Egyptian lawmaker Mostafa Bakry indicated in a tweet Thursday that the Egyptians entered the lawless country with a visa but were abducted while travelling by land to Sabratha in the west of the country in search of jobs. The Egyptian Foreign ministry also said the six individuals had travelled to Libya on visas which permitted them to stay only in the east of the country.
For years, Libya has been a main route for Egyptian labor. Libya is still reeling with lawlessness since the removal of Muammar Gaddafi in NATO-led invasion in 2011.