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Abducted Israeli tourist finally freed from captivity in Egypt

By Mason White 6:00 PM March 28, 2013
Amir Omar Hassan with Ingvild Selvik Ask 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) An Israeli man and a woman were kidnapped while vacationing in Egypt, according to press reports in China.

Now, just in time for the Passover holiday, which commemorates the Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt, the Israeli man and the Norwegian woman who were kidnapped Friday in the Egyptian province of South Sinai have been released, a local security source told a Chinese newspaper.

The release came after two days of negotiations between the security authorities and the kidnappers through the mediation of tribal elders, the source said.

The freed hostages, both in good condition, will return to their home countries in their separate ways, the Israeli man through the Taba crossing alongside Israel and the Norwegian woman heading to Cairo for a flight home. The Israeli tourist was identified as Amir Omar Hassan and the Norwegian tourist was identified as Ingvild Selvik Ask.

“The family is very happy that the kidnapping ended peacefully and that he is in good health,” a family friend told

Security officials confirmed that the kidnappers had been pressing for the release of jailed relatives in exchange for the release of the hostages, who were held by them in a cave area in central Sinai.
The two were abducted by armed tribal groups while traveling on a road in South Sinai four days ago.

Armed tribesmen intercepted the vehicle of the tourists and then forced the two tourists and their driver into a truck, but the driver was released.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view