Egyptian kidnappers release Norwegian, Israeli tourists

CAIRO Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:29am EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Kidnappers released a Norwegian woman and an Israeli man held in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula following negotiations mediated by Bedouin leaders between authorities and the group that seized the tourists four days ago, security sources said on Tuesday.

The tourists had been kidnapped on Friday while driving between the resort towns of Dahab and Taba on the Red Sea coast.

The sources said the kidnappers' aim was to put pressure on Egyptian authorities to release two of their relatives held for alleged drug dealing. The police had agreed to review the case.

Security in the Sinai desert region has deteriorated since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

Bedouin kidnappers have captured tourists in the past to push for the release of fellow tribesmen from jail. Earlier this month kidnappers briefly seized the country manager of U.S. oil major ExxonMobil and his wife.

Two American female tourists were kidnapped in Sinai in February last year but Egyptian authorities negotiated their release a few hours later. Two other U.S. tourists were seized in late May that year, and two more U.S. tourists in July. The captives were released within days in both cases.

(Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Xavier Briand)

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AdamNeira wrote:
This is very good news.

Well done to the Egyptian authorities and those from Norway, Israel and elsewhere who assisted them. It is in the interest of the State Israel for Egypt to be stable and secure. Downwardly spiralling vortexes in one place can draw in other places. It is a very interconnected world these days. This is why the governments and “leaders” in the Middle East neighbourhood must co-operate and work towards a mutual vision of peace and prosperity. Also the Gulf of Aqaba coast of the South Sina is spectacular. Moses more than three thousand three hundred years ago during the time of the Exodus sat on the shore and wondered at the same coral that still exists today. (Di Zihav was actually one of the four places he addressed the people.) So at this time of the year it is unnecessary to point out the importance of the Jewish connection to the region. Many Israelis have visited there in the past and if, bizrat hashem, things improve they will visit again. The future make up of the Middle East will facilitate visits by citizens of one country to another country.

Mar 26, 2013 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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