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Security: Kidnapped Egyptian diplomats freed in Tripoli

The five Egyptian diplomats, kidnapped at the weekend, have been freed, the Libyan foreign affairs Vice Minister, Abdelrazzak al-Karouidi, indicated here without giving details on the conditions for their release.

'The five Egyptian diplomats and another agent of the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli were released Sunday evening,' he specified, adding that 'the Egyptians are safe and are currently in their homes.

'They were well treated and are in good health,' Al-Karouidi announced.

Meanwhile, the freed diplomats, the Egyptian ambassador and about 50 embassy staff of the Egyptian embassy have left Tripoli.

In another development, the leader of the Libyan Thowar (ex-rebels) operations Centre, Choaban Hadiya, announced that Egyptian authorities released him Sunday after his arrest for lack of residence permit.

Hadiya denied that his arrest was linked to political issues although well-informed sources said the release of the five Egyptian diplomats became possible following an agreement tied to Hadiya's release.