23 Egyptian Workers Kidnapped in Libya Freed, Arrive in Egypt

23 Egyptian Workers Kidnapped in Libya Freed, Arrive in Egypt


By Yasmine Hassan

Twenty-three Egyptian workers, who were kidnapped in Libya, have been freed by troops of the Libyan Army forces at the direction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and arrived to Egypt on Friday, the official website of Egyptian state television reported.

The released workers carried the Egyptian flag and knelt in prayer as they crossed the port.

In a statement to state television, one of the released workers advised Egyptians not to travel to Libya in light of the difficult circumstances in the country, stressing that “the economy in Libya is suffering, there is a shortage of dollars, and expatriate workers are considering a return to Egypt.”

The Egyptian workers were abducted on their way to the Libyan-Egyptian border on Sunday, August 7, as they were intercepted by three cars carrying a number of militants, according to Libyan news outlets.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had repeatedly warned the citizens from travelling to Libya or being present in areas of tension and conflict, in light of the unstable security situation.

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