The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on Tuesday for an investigation into the detention of Egyptian workers in the city of Tarhouna in Libya.
“UNSMIL is concerned about the arrest, detention & ill-treatment of a large number of Egyptian nationals in the city of Tarhouna in potential violation to Libya’s international human rights law obligations on the prohibition of torture, inhuman & degrading treatment or punishment,” UNSMIL tweeted on Tuesday.
“UNSMIL welcomes the statement released by the Ministry of Interior on this issue and calls on the local authorities in Tripoli to conduct a prompt investigation, to uncover their fate and whereabouts and to ensure their treatment in accordance with international standards,” it continued.
A video that has been circulating recently appears to show militias loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord arresting and assaulting Egyptian workers in Libya.
The video caused outrage in Egypt, prompting Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal and Emigration Minister Nabila Makram to promise that the country will take a stand at the right time against the incident.
In a statement, the Government of National Accord denounced “the dreadful acts that attempt to propagate hostility and hatred between the Libyan and Egyptian peoples.”
The GNA assured in its statement that those responsible for the incident will be arrested.