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18 October, Friday


Turkish sailors detained in Libya arrive in Istanbul

Six Turkish citizens detained by commander Kalifa Haftar's forces freed on July 1

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Six Turkish sailors detained in Libya by forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar returned home Tuesday.

Onur Cakir, Mehmet Yilmaz Odabasi, Eyup Eryilmaz, Necmettin Demirhan, Eren Cakir and Birol Kutlu flew from Libya’s capital Tripoli to Istanbul.

“My internet was limited, so I contacted my family as much as possible. I kept saying I was fine. We were fine. We went through a lot of stuff, but I tried not to mention it,” Onur Cakir told reporters.

“May Allah be pleased with Mr. President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and our ambassador to Libya. They were really involved in our situation. Our boss in Libya, Mr. Samir, also took care of us. May Allah be pleased with all of them. There is no place like our country,” said Eyup Eryilmaz.

Read more: 6 Turkish sailors held by Haftar forces in Libya released

On June 28, Haftar's spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced a ban on commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and said Haftar had ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country.

Following the move, the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli said on its website that its citizens should avoid any steps that would jeopardize their security and safety in the regions under control of the illegal militia loyal to Haftar.

Also, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry urged Haftar’s militia to release the Turkish citizens they had detained, adding that otherwise, Haftar elements would become legitimate targets.

On July, 1, the sailors were released and returned to their ship.

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