Libya deports 6 Egyptian Copts to Cairo

The Libyan authorities deported six Egyptian Copts out of Benghazi on Friday, without stating the reasons behind their decision. The individuals arrived at Cairo International Airport late Friday afternoon.

The deportees said they were among a group of 50 people who traveled to Tripoli from Borg al-Arab airport in December last year. They stayed in Tripoli for 20 days before moving to Benghazi, where they were arrested. Their passports were taken from them until they were deported, the individuals added.

The Libyan authorities recently arrested 55 Egyptian workers in Tripoli, on charges of proselytizing the Christian religion. One died in prison.

After their release, 35 returned to Egypt, while 20 others remained in Libya.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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