Two Turkish citizens kidnapped in Libya
Two Turkish citizens were kidnapped in Libya late on June 24 and their whereabouts are still unknown, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official who wanted to remain anonymous has said.
NazÄ±m SÃ¼pÃ¼rgeci and Emrah BahÃ§eci, working for the Summa Construction Company, were kidnapped in Tripoli after they left a camp for company workers. Turkish officials are in contact with the local administration in Tripoli to secure their return.
The Foreign Ministry advised against non-essential travel to Libya in May, as the security situation in the country remains unpredictable. The ministry advised Turkish citizens to avoid traveling to Benghazi and Tripoli in particular due to increasingly intense armed clashes.
Hundreds of Turks left Libya after a call from a renegade Libyan general for Turks and Qataris to leave the countryâs east within two days earlier this week. The spokesman for renegade Libyan general Khalifa Hafter told reporters in Benghazi on June 22 that citizens of Turkey and Qatar had â48 hours to leave,â warning that âmeasures would be takenâ against those discovered after the ultimatum, which he said started on Saturday, June 21.
âThose carrying Turkish or Qatari citizenship must leave the area between the Imsaid crossing [on the Egyptian border] and the city of Sirte [in central Libya] within 48 hours,â Col. Mohammed Hegazy said. âWe will not be responsible for any backlash against them from the public if they are still present in these areas after that.â
Hegazy said the public was âangeredâ at the policies of Turkey and Qatar and accused the two countries of âsending spiesâ to eastern Libya.
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