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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced, in a statement published last night, that two new Egyptian fishing boats have been detained in Tunisia after they entered the Tunisian territorial waters in an illegal fishing operation.
This was stated by Amr Mahmoud Abbas, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Consular Affairs and Egyptians abroad, adding that the movements of the two Egyptian boats prompted the Tunisian authorities to arrest them and take them to the naval base in Sfax.
The assistant minister emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following up, in coordination with the embassy in Tunis, developments related to the conditions of detained fishermen to ensure their safety, follow up on the progress of investigations, and coordinate with the Tunisian authorities to take measures to return them to the homeland.
The official appealed to the Egyptian fishermen to refrain from entering the territorial waters of other countries, out of respect for their sovereignty, to preserve their lives, and to avoid falling under the laws of these countries.
This incident comes after the detention of 17 Egyptian fishermen in Tunisia after the fishing boat they were on board was caught in an illegal fishing case earlier last December.
Source: Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs