Tunisia says its citizens freed in Libya

Tunusia says one last group of Tunusian national detainees freed in Libya

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

All the Tunusian citizens being held in Libya were freed, days after they had been detaineed by an armed group, said Tunusia’s foreign ministry on Saturday.

The number of the Tunusian nationals wasn’t clarified, said the foreign ministry in a statement.

Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche said previously 30 detained Tunusian citizens had been released.

An official leader of a unit in Tripoli-based government, Mohamed Abdelsalam alKuwiri, said last week that his officers had played a role in the release of 42 Tunusia citizens safely.

A source from the ministry announced earlier in May that 172 Tunusian citizens had been detaineed by an armed group in Tripoli, capital of the warn-torn state Libya, following the arrest of a Libyan citizen by Tunusia.

Libya is currently divided between two parliaments, the General National Council (GNC) in the capital of Tripoli, which was founded with the help of the United States and France after the overthrow of Libyan authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and the House of Representatives (HoR).

Libya Body Count, a non governmental observatory group, reported the death toll in the country has nearly reached 4.000 since the beginning of 2014.

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