Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu-Zeid announced on Friday that six Egyptian citizens held in western Libya have been released.
“According to the information received from our embassy in Tripoli, thank God, the six Egyptians have been released…. We are following their safe return to the homeland, God willing.”
The Egyptian embassy in Tripoli is in contact with the concerned Libyan authorities regarding the release, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
It added that the consular sector of the Foreign Ministry has also received the relatives of the citizens more than once to follow up on the situation and work on their release.
The six citizens have left the country with travel permits that require their presence in the Libyan east only, without going to other regions, which is what the they pledged to abide by before travel, the ministry said.
Several of the detained citizens were present in Libya in 2021, and were exposed to threats that required the intervention of the Foreign Ministry and the Libyan authorities to facilitate their deportation and return them safely to Egypt, according to the statement.
The Foreign Ministry called on Egyptians in Libya not to violate the instructions related to travel, and to fully adhere to the areas of presence and movement announced before travel, in order to ensure their safety.