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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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