Egyptian drivers held by Libya militia freed

Groups of revolutionaries drive their vehicles along a road in Tripoli September 21, 2013. (Reuters)

Around 200 Egyptian truck drivers held by an armed Libyan group have been freed, reported an Al Arabiya correspondent on Sunday.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said on Sunday that the drivers are now on their way back to Egypt. Their trucks had not been confiscated.

Earlier this week, fighters had stopped more than 70 vehicles in Libya’s northern city of Ajdabiya.

Libyan security officials said that the armed group had demanded the release of their relatives arrested in Egypt on accusations of arms smuggling.

Since the overthrow and subsequent death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, the number of armed militias has increased dramatically in the country, while Egypt has been inundated with Libyan weapons.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41