21 Egyptian fishermen held in Libya released: TV

CAIRO (AA) – Twenty-one Egyptian fishermen who had been detained in neighboring Libya for several months have been released, Libyan state television reported Tuesday.

In a breaking news flash, the broadcaster said that the fishermen's release had been secured through "the government's efforts."

It did not, however, say who had been holding them or where they were now.

On Monday, the Egyptian army carried out a series of airstrikes against targets in eastern Libya thought to belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant group.

The airstrikes came only hours after a video appeared online showing the execution – purportedly by the ISIL – of 21 Egyptian Christians who had travelled to Libya for work.

Fractious Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since it descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Last month, the Egyptian government – citing security concerns – banned citizens from travelling to Libya via Libyan Airlines.


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