Libya releases four Hamas members it had jailed at US’ request

Hamas members released by Libya en route to Turkey on December 1, 2023. (Social media)
Hamas members released by Libya en route to Turkey on December 1, 2023. (Social media)

Libya has reportedly released four Hamas members in an apparent gesture of solidarity with the terror group amid the war in Gaza.

The four men — Marwan al-Ashqar, his son Baraa, Mouayad Abed and Nasib Choubeir — were detained by Libyan police in 2016 at the request of the United States.

They were convicted of trafficking weapons and sentenced in 2019 to jail terms ranging from 17 to 22 years.

But following the outbreak of the war, Hamas began calling on Libya to release its members.

Libya — which just months ago was in talks to normalize ties with Israel — heeded the call and freed the four members.

The four were photographed on a private jet to Istanbul earlier today. From there, they were expected to fly to Qatar, which continues to host Hamas’s leadership while brokering talks between the terror group and Israel.

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