Seven aid workers seized in Libya in July are now back home in Tehran, Iran.
Employees of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, the aid workers were abducted in Benghazi a day after arriving in the country. They were taken by armed men on the way to their hotel. The kidnappers spared the delegation’s Libyan driver.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi announced news of the aid workers’ release on Saturday (Oct. 6). They were handed over to Iranian embassy officials in Tripoli, according to a news release from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The aid workers arrived in Tehran Sunday (Oct. 7), according to Tehran Times.
In a ceremony celebrating the delegation’s release, Iranian Red Crescent Society Secretary-General Zaher Rostami welcomed the aid workers and said the society will continue its humanitarian work amid security concerns, FARH news agency reports. The Iranian delegation was supposed to discuss joint relief work with the Libyan Red Crescent Society when the kidnapping happened.
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