Libya disintegration watch: 70 Egyptians detained in Tripoli

The Libyan ambassador to Cairo, Mohammed Fayez Jibril, said the Egyptian nationals who were earlier reportedly kidnapped were in fact “detained” by authorities after trying to illegally enter the country.

Jibril was quoted by the German Press Agency (DPA) as saying that the detainees were “well.”

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that 70 Egyptians were abducted in different areas of the Libyan capital Tripoli by armed men dressed in military uniform.

The ministry did not explain why or when they were kidnaped but said efforts are currently underway to release the abductees and guarantee their safety.