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Egyptian truck drivers in Libya released

Dozens of Egyptian truck drivers detained amidst worsening security in Libya


Egyptians hold signs in Arabic calling  for the sacking of the Egyptian foreign minister and ambassador in Libya as ambulances drive out of Cairo international airport on February 26, 2014, carrying the bodies of seven Egyptian victims who were found shot dead  in Jalluta, near Benghazi in eastern Libya, the previous day.  The victims were kidnapped from their home late on February 23, by an unknown group, an Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said, adding that eight men had been taken originally but one escaped by throwing himself from his abductors' car. ( AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
Egyptians hold signs in Arabic calling for the sacking of the Egyptian foreign minister and ambassador in Libya as ambulances drive out of Cairo international airport on February 26, 2014, carrying the bodies of seven Egyptian victims who were found shot dead in Jalluta, near Benghazi in eastern Libya, the previous day. The victims were kidnapped from their home late on February 23, by an unknown group, an Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said, adding that eight men had been taken originally but one escaped by throwing himself from his abductors’ car.
( AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)

Over 70 Egyptian trucks and their drivers detained by Libyan citizens near Bengazi, Libya started crossing the Egyptian border after being freed on Friday at dawn.

Libyan citizens have abducted dozens of Egyptian trucks and their drivers travelling on an international road in Breqa, west of Bengazi. They were calling for the release of a Libyan national sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Egypt on human trafficking charges, reported state-run news agency MENA.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday it was monitoring the situation of the abductions and coordinating with Libyan authorities and tribal leaders to ensure their swift release.

The ministry renewed its calls upon Egyptians in Libya to minimise their movement within the country due to Libya’s “extremely difficult security situation.”

Tensions between Egypt and its troubled neighbour have recently been on the rise as a string of killings and kidnappings has targeted Egyptian nationals.

A militia blocked the international road between Tobruk and Ajdabiya in May, affecting a number of Egyptian drivers who remained trapped in their trucks for almost 24 hours.

In April, 50 Egyptian nationals were detained by armed Libyans for two days on a road between Tobruk and Ajdabiya. Last October dozens of Egyptian truck drivers were abducted along the same stretch of road.

Egypt has issued and reiterated a travel warning for citizens travelling to Libya, advising Egyptian nationals not to travel to Libya unless absolutely necessary. Recommendations to travel by airplane rather than by road, and only “after obtaining a valid visa issued by the Libyan embassy in Cairo”, have also been made.

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