Twenty-three Egyptians kidnapped in Libya arrive home
A Libyan protestor waves his national flag during a demonstration in Benghazi in support of General Khalifa al-Haftar, who is aligned with the elected House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk and against the rival UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli and foreign intervention in Libya on August 5, 2016. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
Twenty-three Egyptians, who were reportedly kidnapped in Libya last week, were released and arrived in Egypt through Salloum border crossing, state’s TV reported on Friday.
The Libyan armed forces intervened to free the Egyptians as instructed by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, according to state's TV.
The Egyptians were reportedly kidnapped on their way to Egypt-Libya border when they were intercepted by three cars carrying militants in the area of Brega.
Violence has intensified in Libya particularly since 2014, when conflicting parties sought to take control of the country.
Egyptians residing in Libya have been caught up in the country’s internal conflict which proliferated after the fall of former Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011.
Egypt has repeatedly warned against travel to Libyan territories and called for Egyptians living in Libya to exercise extreme caution.
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