Spain arrests Libyans linked to ISIS who entered country under medical program for war wounded

Alwasat Staff Sun 22 May 2022, 12:18 AM
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A Spanish news site revealed the arrest of Libyans linked to ISIS, who entered the country by taking advantage of a program designed to care for the war-wounded.

From 2011-2015, Spain granted entry visas to Libyans wounded during the protests against Muammar Gaddafi's regime and its aftermath. The program was discontinued after some 800 Libyans were cared for in the country.

El Confidencial Autonómico reported on Saturday that five Libyans linked to ISIS from the city of Zawiya entered Spain in stages. The individuals, whose names were not mentioned, were "wounded during their participation as fighters in the Libyan civil war".

In addition to receiving treatment in private clinics in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​these Libyans settled in Spain and began to establish contacts with other Libyans living there.

The Spanish police monitored their movements and meetings to discover their links to an ISIS cell inside Libya.

According to the website 'Cadena SER', the program dedicated to caring for the war-wounded was been suspended for security reasons related to Spanish police reports warning of the danger of the arrival of ISIS members from Libya.

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