A group of 6 medical workers held captive by a Libyan militia were released (Oct 23) after 12 days in captivity.
The workers, including doctors, surgeons, nurses and technicians, were a part of a humanitarian convoy making its way through the Nafussa mountains. Family members of the captured individuals believe they were taken by militants from Zintan, who sought to leverage them in order to free a detained militant (from Zintan) being held in Tripoli, who was receiving treatment at a local hospital. The convoy was stopped on October 11, with armed men taking specifically only the medical staff from the Tripoli area hospitals and clinics.
The political and military authorities in Zintan, a city of about 50,000 in northwest Libya, are divided between the GNA and LNA sides of the conflict. One of the LNA’s senior commanders who controls the western forces is from Zintan, and most of the local militias seem to be pro-LNA.