By Noora Ibrahim and Aymen Amzein
Benghazi, 5 July 2014:
Fifty-six individuals including military personnel, members of the security forces . . .[restrict]and civilians are currently being held following kidnappings in Benghazi.
The figure of 56 is a significant increase on the 43 reported by Saiqa Special Forces one week ago.
The new figure includes a woman and five girls of between 16 and 17 years of age.
Head of Saiqa Special Forces Investigations Unit Fadel Al-Hassi told the Libya Herald that of those kidnapped eight were members of Saiqa, four were policemen and two members of the intelligence services. Additionally 39 civilians have been abducted, including two Egyptians and a Palestinian.
Fassi added that security officials were doing all within their power to discover the whereabouts of those of the victims but that Saiqa and its partners faced an uphill struggle given the city’s security situation.