The three detainees from the city of Zawiya who were previously detained in Saudi Arabia and handed over to the authorities in the east were released after social mediation with Khalifa Hafter.

Sources confirmed that the release of Mohammed al-Khathrawi, Mahmoud bin Rajab and Hassan Azayat, came after promises made by Khalifa Hafter to the families of detainees, following a visit by a social delegation from Zawiya to the eastern region.

In June 2017, the Saudi authorities arrested the three young men after performing Umrah before they were handed over to the Dignity Operation authorities in the east.