Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Diplomats work to free Italian fishing boat seized in Egypt


(ANSA) - Lampedusa, October 4 - Italian diplomats said
Thursday they were working to free an Italian fishing boat
seized by Egyptian authorities.
The Artemide was seized Wednesday evening, according to
regional politician Toni Scilla, who said president of fishing
association Federpesca, Luigi Giannini, had contacted Italy's
deputy ambassador to Egypt, Andrea Orizio, "who assured a timely
intervention," Scilla said.
The seven crew members of the Artemis are reportedly in
good condition in the port of Alexandria.
The fishing boat, owned by shipping company Bono, was
apparently stopped about 20 miles off the coast of Egypt.
Piero Bono, one of the owners, says the ship's captain told
him that an Egyptian military patrol boat forced his ship to
dock in Alexandria.
A similar incident occurred in late July, when Egyptian
authorities seized five fishing vessels - the same day that
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi concluded an official
visit to the country.
Italian diplomats were able to ensure those vessels were
released with 24 hours.
However, another Italian fishing boat was seized in
mid-September in Tunisia, where it is still held.
One of its sailors was said Thursday to have suffered a
heart attack and been hospitalized.

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