Tunisia releases 15 Egyptian fishermen

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Aug 2015

Earlier this month 101 Egyptian fishermen were released after being detained in Sudan since April

Fifteen Egyptian fishermen arrived on Saturday from Tunisia after being released from detention for a territorial breach, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The fishermen were detained in July near Sfax port, located southeast Tunisia.

Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir ordered the release of 101 Egyptian fishermen who had been detained in Port Sudan since April for trespassing in Sudanese waters.

Shortly after Al-Bashir's order, El-Sisi issued a release order for 44 Sudanese miners who had been imprisoned in Egypt for crossing in to the country illegally.

Thirty-seven of the men were released on Friday, the fate of the other seven was not immediately clear.

Last week a new group of Egyptian fishermen were arrested in Sudan for allegedly trespassing in its waters.


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