News

At Least 12 Egyptian Migrants Killed by Human Traffickers in Libya

At Least 12 Egyptian Migrants Killed by Human Traffickers in Libya

Egyptians carry their belongings as they transit the Sallum border crossing with Libya on February 23, 2011. Photo: Tarek Elframawy
Egyptians carry their belongings as they transit the Sallum border crossing with Libya on February 23, 2011. Photo: Tarek Elframawy

Between 12 and 16 Egyptian citizens have been killed in clashes with human traffickers in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that the Egyptian “illegal immigrants” had been killed by members of a trafficking ring whose identities are still unknown.

Egyptian authorities are communicating with their Libyan counterparts to determine the circumstances of the incident and repatriate the bodies to Egypt.

Speaking to Reuters, a local Libyan official said a fight erupted between the Egyptians and Libyans due to a money dispute. According to the source, a group of Egyptians had killed a number of traffickers and had then driven away with their bodies. They were later arrested at a security checkpoint and taken to a police station, where another smuggler from the same smuggling ring open fire on them for revenge.

The United Nations said on Wednesday that three Libyan and 12 Egyptian nationals were killed on 26 and 27 April.

“I strongly deplore these terrible killings and call on those with authority on the ground in Bani Walid to ensure that the incidents are investigated and to prevent any further killings” said Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Libya has become a major conduit for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to make their way to Europe with the help of large networks of people smugglers who exploit the security vacuum that erupted following the 2011 uprising-turned-civil war that toppled Libyan autocrat Moammar Gaddafi.

Baseera Poll Shows What Egyptians Think About Disputed Red Sea Islands
Egypt's Top Prosecutor Refers Policeman Accused of Killing Tea Vendor to Criminal Court

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

#StopTheWait: Messi Visits Egypt to Promote Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment and Tourism

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

More Visas for Less African Immigrants: Europe’s Offer to Egypt

Aya NaderFebruary 22, 2017

Opening Female Gyms in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women Unhurriedly Acquire Basic Rights

Toqa EzzidinFebruary 22, 2017

Egypt Agricultural Exports Surge after Currency Float

Seif GhallabFebruary 22, 2017

Russia to deliver 50 MiG-29 fighters to Egypt on Schedule: Report

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

Globally Renowned Consulting Firms to Lead Reform of Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum

Seif GhallabFebruary 21, 2017

11 Sentenced to Death for Port Said Massacre, Celebrations Held

Aya NaderFebruary 20, 2017

ISIS Releases Video Threatening Egypt’s Christians, Showing Church Bomber

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.