• Short Summary

    Libya has ordered the expulsion of 3,000 Egyptians in retaliation for the arrest of seven Libyans in connection with a plot to kidnap two senior Tripoli officials who sought refuge in Cairo.

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    Libya has ordered the expulsion of 3,000 Egyptians in retaliation for the arrest of seven Libyans in connection with a plot to kidnap two senior Tripoli officials who sought refuge in Cairo. This happened on Thursday (11 March).

    A few hours earlier, the mass circulation Cairo newspaper Al-Akhbar accused Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi of masterminding the kidnap plot.

    The paper said Colonel Gaddafi planned to kidnap his own Foreign Minister, Major Abdel-Moneim El Honi who was granted asylum in Egypt after a reported disagreement with the Libyan leader on foreign policy.

    The paper added that the plot also entailed the kidnap of Major Omar Meheishi, a dissident member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council now living in Egypt.

    It said Colonel Gaddafi's plans were to return the two men to Tripoli for trial.

    Twenty Libyans were detained for questioning in connection with the plot but only seven were arrested.

    The seven were later linked with three Libyans arrested at Rome's international airport on Saturday.

    An Egyptian interior ministry spokesman said the trio had gone to Rome to kidnap Major Honi on the orders of the Libyan leader. The Major was reportedly in Rome for medical treatment. The kidnap plot failed.

    There are some 300,000 Egyptians living in Libya and it is feared that they would be affected as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.

    SYNOPSIS: The city of Cairo... earmarked in 1972 to be the capital of a union between Egypt and Libya. Today, as the signing of an agreement to achieve this union is recalled, its significance pales in the background as relations between the two countries deteriorate. It was on Thursday that Libya was reported to have ordered the expulsion of 3,000 Egyptians. This was in retaliation for the arrest of seven Libyans accused of complicity in a plot to kidnap two senior Tripoli officials who sought refuge in Cairo.

    A few hours earlier, the mass circulation Cairo newspaper, Al-Akhbar, accused Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of masterminding the kidnap plot. The paper said Colonel Gaddafi planned to kidnap his own Foreign Minister, Major Abdel-Moneim El Honi, who was granted political asylum in Egypt after a reported disagreement with the Libyan leader over foreign policy. The paper added that the plot also entailed the kidnap of Major Omar Meheishi, a dissident member of the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council now living in Egypt. It said the Colonel's plans were to return the two men to Tripoli for trial.

    Twenty Libyans were detained for questioning in connection with the plot but only seven were arrested. The seven were later linked with three Libyans arrested at Rome's international airport on Saturday.

    An Egyptian interior ministry spokesman said the trio had gone to Rome to kidnap Major Honi who flew there from Cairo reportedly to undergo a medical check-up. The kidnap plot failed. The ministry said the order to kidnap the Major came directly from Colonel Gaddafi. There are some 300,000 Egyptians living in Libya and it is feared that they would be affected as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1DE16VXJ9SGN0UWFR3NV32LER
    Media URN:
    VLVA1DE16VXJ9SGN0UWFR3NV32LER
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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