Libya seizes Italian vessel in Gulf of Sirte

# 20:51
23 July 2019

A Libyan motor launch boat has seized an Italian fishing trawler in the Gulf of Sirte, the Italian foreign ministry has said, Italy's ANSA wire service has reported, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

Rome has instructed Italy's ambassador to Libya to "work promptly with the utmost efficacy to ensure the correct treatment and rapid release of the crew and the vessel...which has been forced to head for Misrata," the ministry said.

The cause of the seizure is being clarified, although the foreign ministry said it was "likely linked to fishing activities, in waters which are defined as high risk."