South Korean, three Filipinos freed after months of abduction in Libya

Three Filipinos and a South Korean, who were kidnapped in Libya in July, are shown in a screen grab taken from video provided by the SITE Intelligence Group AFP/Handout

Four detainees – 3 Filipinos and a South Korean – who were held captive by armed groups in Libya have been released thanks to “intensive efforts” made by the UAE “in coordination and cooperation” with Khalifa  Haftar’s forces, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

The civilians, who were held captive last year by some Libyan armed groups, were airlifted to Abu Dhabi prior to being taken to their home countries.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement that the detainees, who work as civil engineers, were held captive while working at a desalination plant in west Libya.

“The UAE is working on sending them to their home countries. The release of these innocent civilians has been made after intensive efforts to convey a message about the significance and importance of strengthening security and peace in Libya, and to contain criminal practices by armed groups who hold civilians captive without any consideration to international charters and norms.” UAE’s statement said.

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