Twenty-three Egyptians who were abducted in Libya arrive in Egypt

Twenty-three Egyptians who were detained by a militia in the city of Tarhuna, Libya arrived on Thursday at the Salloum border crossing on the Egyptian-Libyan border.

Egyptian authorities managed to secure the victims’ release and return them back home safely.

The captives were welcomed at Salloum port by Governor of the Matrouh Governorate, Major General Khaled Shoaib, along with other officials.

A video showing militia members abusing Egyptian laborers in Libya went viral three days ago, triggering anger among social media users and Egyptian officials. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed authorities to return the abducted laborers.

The Ministry of the Interior of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday announced that those involved in the incident had been arrested.

The ministry said that judicial authorities were able to locate the area where the incident occurred, before identifying the perpetrators and arresting them. It added they will be brought to justice.

The ministry also pointed out that the Egyptian victims are in good health and enjoying their freedom.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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