The official spokesperson for the Libyan security chamber in Zawia, Nabil Buzwal, said, Saturday, that the Tunisian sailors will be released next Thursday and brought back to Tunisia.
He mentioned that “the arrest of the Tunisian sailors was just security procedure in the wake of what Libyan borders are facing from threats of illegal migration and smuggling”.
Civil activist and analyst, Mustapha Abdul Kabeer, confirmed that there is continuing communications between Tunisian authorities and Libyan coast guards for the release of the 50 Tunisian sailors who were arrested in Zuwara.
He added that Libyan coast guards detained four fishing boats with 50 sailors onboard, accused them of incursion inside Libyan territorial waters.
Tunisian foreign ministry said in a statement that “opposite to what was circulated in media about the arrest of 50 sailors from Sfax onboard four fishing, in Zuwara, the sailors were intercepted before Libyan coastguards as part of known procedures for monitoring and verification of the identities of the sailors”.
The statement confirmed that all sailors are in good health, and that the ministry is following the case in coordination with the defense ministry and the involved Libyan authorities.