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March 22, 2013 8:38 am

Israeli Man, Girlfriend Reportedly Kidnapped in Sinai Peninsula

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An Israeli man and European woman have been kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

According to reports, the man and woman, who some reports say is from Belgium while others say she is from Norway, were traveling between beach resorts after having only recently entered the area from Israel, when their car was stopped and they were removed by armed Bedouin tribesmen. Initial information indicates that the reportedly kidnapped Israeli is a 23-year-old Arab male.

Israel’s Channel 2 is reporting that the kidnappers are demanding that two of their relatives be released from an Egyptian prison in return for the safe release of the tourists.

The Israeli government has a terror warning in effect for Sinai and citizens are strongly discouraged from going there. Most of the Israeli citizens who do cross the border are Arab.

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  • Prayers for the kidnapped tourists.

    Good luck to the Egyptian authorities in securing their release. Tourism is a vital component of the economy and the vast majority of Egyptians abhor violence.

    P.S. The Gulf of Aqaba coast of South Sinai Peninsula is absolutely spectacular. The majestic coral reefs that line the shore have been around since Moses and his fellow travelers graced the area more than 3300 years ago during the time of the Exodus. If you didn’t know, Di Zahav was one of the places he addressed the people.