News

15 Egyptian Fishermen Released by Libyan Authorities

15 Egyptian Fishermen Released by Libyan Authorities

Egyptian fishermen, who had entered the Libyan waters with out permission, gather at the port in the Libyan city of Misrata on April 2, 2015. Photo: Mahmud Turkia, AFP
Egyptian fishermen gather at the port in the Libyan city of Misrata after being released from detention. Photo: Mahmud Turkia, AFP

15 Egyptian fishermen have been released by Libyan authorities after being detained for four months in Benghazi, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced.

The fishermen were arrested in July of this year for “breaching Libya’s regional waters” while onboard the “Princess Mona” boat, according to ambassador Hisham El Nakeeb, the assistant foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptians abroad.

El Nakeeb also said the fishermen’s release was due to “extensive efforts” from the Egyptian ambassador in Libya and comes in the context of instructions from Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to vigilantly follow up on cases related to Egyptians detained in foreign countries.

According to El Nakeeb, who renewed his calls for fishermen to avoid breaching other countries’ regional waters, the released fishermen will be transported to to the Libyan-Tunisian border in preparation for their safe return to Egypt.

Egyptian fishermen have a history of being detained for breaching maritime borders. In September, Libyan authorities arrested 47 fishermen in three separate boats after they entered the country’s waters.

In mid-June, 17 fishermen were detained for entering Tunisian territorial waters to fish without permission and licensing.

In April, Sudanese authorities detained 101 fishermen for entering Egypt’s southern neighbor’s territorial waters. They were all released in August.

Russian Pilot Denies Violating Turkish Airspace, Receiving Warnings Before Being Shot Down
British Airways, Easy Jet Cancel All Flights to Sharm El-Sheikh Until January

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

The Egyptian Museum Makes it to UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ Tentative List

Egyptian Streets9 April 2021

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass Announces Discovery of Lost ‘Golden’ City in Luxor

Egyptian Streets8 April 2021

Egyptian Oranges Hit Japanese Shores

Olivia Mustafa7 April 2021

Kinshasa Talks on Ethiopian Dam End With No Progress: FM Shoukry

Egyptian Streets7 April 2021

Three Egyptian Men Referred to Criminal Trial for North Coast Rape

Egyptian Streets5 April 2021

How to Watch Live: Egypt’s Historic Pharaohs’ Golden Parade

Egyptian Streets3 April 2021

Egypt to Claim $1 Billion in Compensation for Suez Canal Blockage

Olivia Mustafa2 April 2021

Public Prosecution to Appeal Court Ruling to Release 4 Accused Fairmont Rapists

Egyptian Streets30 March 2021