By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 7 January 2014:
Elders from the two oasis towns of Jalu and Awjila and from Ajdabiya and . . .[restrict]Al-Abyar have brokered an agreement to secure the freedom of members of their communities seized and held hostage by the other side.
Sixteen Tebus were abducted by Zwais in Ajdabiya and 9 Zwais by Tebu forces on the road between Kufra and Ajdabiya.
Colonel Abdusslam Saleh Almajbery, who is in change of security at Jalu told the Libya Herald that the elders had negotiated with both Tebu and Zwai leading figures. “After long discussions, they’ve reached an agreement about releasing abductees from both sides”, he said.
The nine Zwais who were abducted by Tebu, and ten of the Tebus who were being held by Zwai had been transferred to the elders and are now being handed over to their families, Almajbery explained.
Negotiations to release the other Tebus as well as Adem Waheed, the Tebu head of animal production department who was kidnapped by Zwai militiamen during the raid on the Sarir farm on 21 December, and Abdulsamee Isbeeg head of the militia who was caught during the raid, are continuing.
Almajbery said the elders were also attempting a permanent reconciliation between the two sides. [/restrict]