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21 Egyptian fishermen kidnapped in Libya

Abduction comes in the wake of fears that 21 Egyptian Christians, kidnapped late last year in Libya’s Sirte, were executed by Islamic State (IS)

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Feb 2015
File photo of Egyptian fishing boat (Photo:Al-Ahram Arabic website)
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“Armed militia” in Libya’s Misrata kidnapped another 21 Egyptians, all fishermen, head of the fishermen’s syndicate told the press on Saturday.

Head of the syndicate in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, Ahmed Nassar, urged the authorities to quickly intervene to bring the fishermen back home.

The abduction comes in the wake of increased fears that 21 Coptic Egyptians, kidnapped late last year in Libya’s Sirte, were executed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Undated photos published in the latest edition of a magazine affiliated to the extremist group showed captive workers handcuffed and wearing orange-colored jumpsuits often donned by Islamic State (IS) prisoners about to be executed by the jihadists.

On Friday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the fate of the 21 workers remained unknown, but the authorities were doing their best to communicate with all parties in Libya.

The IS fighters claimed the kidnapped Egyptian Christians had been captured to avenge the Muslim women "tortured and murdered by the Coptic Church of Egypt".

Thousands of Egyptians work in Libya, a key destination for Egyptian migrant workers from rural areas, mainly in the construction and craft industries.

In February 2014, seven Egyptian Christians were found shot dead execution-style on a beach in eastern Libya.

Egypt's government has repeatedly warned in recent months against any travel to Libya and advised those residing in the North African country to stay away from areas of tension.

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W Moore
15-02-2015 10:59am
Close the Border
Egypt should close it borders with Libya and order all its citizens to exit the area. The army should request from Libya to invade the area to secure safe passage for Egyptians to return home.
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