Egypt confirms arrest of four Egyptian fishermen in Saudi Arabia

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Feb 2016

The fishermen are charged with possessing and attempting to smuggle narcotics into Saudi Arabia

Four Egyptian fishermen were arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of possessing narcotics and attempted smuggling, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

The fishermen were arrested in Saudi territorial waters near the coastal Al-Wajh town in the north-western part of the country.

The Egyptian consulate in Jeddah received information concerning the arrest of the four fishermen on Tuesday, though the ministry statement did not specify the exact date of their arrest.

"A group of officials from the Egyptian consulate was tasked to meet the fishermen and understand the whereabouts of the incident," the statement read.  

In the past few months, numerous cases of Egyptian fishermen being detained in Tunisia, Libya and Sudan were recorded, though mostly for trespassing and illegal fishing. 

Egypt’s foreign ministry has repeatedly intervened in these cases to ensure the release of the fishermen and warned against trespassing in foreign waters.

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