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Egyptian shot and killed in Libya

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Conditions worsen for Egyptian nationals residing in Libya

An Egyptian national residing in the Eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was shot dead at his house by unknown assailants on Tuesday at dawn.

Mohamed Shehata Adel was found dead with a gunshot to the head, state-run MENA cited Libya’s Special Forces Spokesman Milud Al-Zwei as saying.

Adel is the second Egyptian to be shot in Benghazi this month. Salama Fawzy, another victim of a similar incident, was shot on 2 March while selling vegetables in Benghazi. He died two weeks later from his wounds.

On 23 February, a group of masked militants abducted eight Egyptians, taking them to Gorutha suburb west of Benghazi. One escaped, but seven were shot dead.

Both the Egyptian and Libyan sides expressed their intention to cooperate and apprehend the killers.

Shortly afterwards, the Egyptian foreign ministry issued a travel alert to citizens visiting or residing in Libya. The ministry urged Egyptians travelling to the neighbouring Arab country to confirm the validity of their entry visas.

In mid-March, almost 70 Egyptians living in Libya were detained under suspicion of illegal residence. They were later released after some of them presented proper residence documentation and others legalised their status.

Egypt and Libya signed an agreement for military cooperation in April 2013. The agreement tackled border security, which involves the two countries sharing expertise regarding border control and fighting illegal immigration and fishing operations.

However, Egyptians have continued to illegally cross into Libya despite warnings from both governments advising them to obtain the correct documentation before travelling.

In October, two Egyptians died of thirst after 72 entered Libya illegally in two separate groups.


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