South Korean and three Filipinos freed from Libya captivity

World | 17 May 2019 3:34 pm

A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said today. 
The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter. 
Since last month, Hifter's forces have been battling in western Libya, trying to take the capital of Tripoli and have been locked in heavy fighting in and around the city with militias loosely allied with a U.N.-supported government. Several Arab countries, including the UAE and Egypt are backing Hifter. 
The UAE's foreign ministry said the four hostages, who were held captive by unnamed armed groups in Libya, have been released thanks to "intensive efforts'' made by the UAE in coordination with Hifter's forces. 
The four are civilian engineers who were working at a desalination plant in Libya, the ministry said in a statement.-AP


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