Libyan authorities released the crew of seized Italian-flagged trawler

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Libyan authorities on Wednesday released the crew of an Italian-flagged trawler and their vessel the day after they were seized at sea and questioned, officials said.

“The Tramontana trawler with its entire crew has just left the port of Misrata to return to Italy” the office of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a statement.

Talks with the embassy and Libyan authorities “made it possible to quickly reach a positive conclusion for a matter that seriously threatened to get complicated.”

The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Tuesday that the Libyan coastguard had seized the boat and its crew of five Italians and two Tunisians in Libyan waters in the Gulf of Sirte and taken them to Misrata, east of Tripoli.

The Italian coast is some 300 km from Libya, and there are recurring tensions between Italian and Libyan fishing boats in the area.

 

Via The Libya Report

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