Foreign ministry staff protest in solidarity with kidnapped Egyptians

MENA and Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Jan 2014

Protesters demanded an immediate release of the five Egyptian diplomats abducted last Friday in Libya

Egyptian embassy in Tripoli
A general view of security in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli January 25, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A protest was organised on Saturday by employees of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in downtown Cairo in solidarity with the five Egyptian diplomats kidnapped last week in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The protesters demanded an immediate release of the abducted.

Five Egyptian diplomats, including the administrative and cultural attachés, were abducted in Libya on Friday and Saturday by unknown gunmen.

Speaking to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV channel on Saturday night, the kidnappers demanded the release of Abu Obeida El-Zawy, head Libyan Revolutionary Chamber, who was arrested by Egyptian authorities in Alexandria on Friday.

The kidnappers gave Egypt 24 hours to release El-Zawy in exchange for the Egyptian diplomats.

El-Zawy is allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last October.

Speaking with Al-Arabiya, the kidnapped Egyptians pleaded for Egypt to release El-Zawy.

On Saturday, Egypt evacuated its diplomats from Libya.

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