North Korea urges Libyan authorities to step up efforts to find kidnapped doctor

North Korea urges Libyan authorities to step up efforts to find kidnapped doctor

August 12, 2015 - 16:26
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Doctor De Jong, middle, receiving an honor before leaving Jalu

North Korea has urged Libyan authorities to enhance efforts to find out the whereabouts of the NKorean doctor and his wife who were kidnapped by Daesh affiliates in Al-Noufleya, eastern Sirte, as they were on their way back to Tripoli last May.

The North Korean Embassy in Tripoli said in a statement to the Libyan News Agency LANA that all the North Korean doctors and nurses working here will leave the country if the kidnapped doctor and his wife were not released soon.

The embassy also indicated in the statement that its medical nationals in Libya are still on duty by providing medical and humanitarian services in a number of hospitals around Libya aiming at keeping the good mutual relations of the two countries alive.

The sixty-year old doctor, named as" De Jong", was chief of the North Korean medical staff in Jalu, a desert town in northeastern Libya. In May, his contract with Jalu Hospital ended and he was on his way to Tripoli to leave for his country when he and his wife were kidnapped. Their Libyan driver is said to be released.

Officials from the Medical Services Office in Jalu said three other North Korean doctors have demanded to leave Libya. The office confirmed that one has already left while the others are preparing for their departure. 

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