Egyptian man killed in Libya's Benghazi

MENA, Ahram Online, Friday 19 Sep 2014

There has been a wave of killings and kidnappings of Egyptian workers in Libya in recent months

In this July 28, 2014 file photo, black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya (Photo: AP)

An Egyptian man was killed in the city of Benghazi in eastern Libya late on Thursday, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

The man was killed by unknown assailants in a tailor's shop in Benghazi's Al-Berka district, where he was working.

There have been a number of recent murders and kidnappings of Egyptian expatriate workers in Libya in recent months, as rival militias and a toothless central government struggle for control.

In August, Islamist militants carried out a summary execution of an Egyptian citizen inside a football stadium in Derna.

The Egyptian foreign ministry has already issued several travel warnings to its citizens to avoid the conflict-ridden territory.

Egypt also organised multiple flights to repatriate several thousand Egyptians who had fled from Libya to Tunisia after escalating violence in July.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, between 330,000 and 1.5 million Egyptians worked in Libya until an uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It is unclear how many Egyptian workers remain in Libya at present.

In August, the Egyptian and Libyan foreign ministers announced an Egyptian- sponsored plan to disarm Libya's militants and bring stability to the country.  

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