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Ukrainian doctors freed from Libya kidnapping

A spate of kidnappings has endangered Libya’s health sector, which depends mostly on foreign staff

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Two Ukrainian doctors kidnapped in Libya have been freed, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Saturday.

“After huge efforts, the two Ukrainian doctors kidnapped in September in Libya have been freed. They are in a safe place,” Klimkin said on his Twitter account.

A foreign ministry spokesman said he had no more information.

In late September, Libyan authorities said that a Ukrainian doctor and his wife had been kidnapped in the eastern city of Benghazi, a stronghold of Islamist militias.

Libya has been rocked by political instability and lawlessness since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

A spate of kidnappings has endangered Libya’s health sector, which depends mostly on foreign staff, including Ukrainian doctors and nurses.