Italy Regains Control Of Boat Seized By Armed Men Off Libyan Coast

Francesco Mezzapelle, a spokesperson for the cooperative, said Italian port authorities had been alerted to the incident by another Italian fishing vessel in the area, and that the cooperative’s president was liaising with both Libyan authorities and Italy’s Foreign Ministry. There have been no reports of injuries.

Mezzapelle said he did not believe the armed men were from the Libyan military, AP said.

He added that there had been a dozen similar seizures since Libya asserted that its territorial waters extended beyond 70 miles offshore — well over international agreements — in 2005.

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