Kidnapped Estonians released in Lebanon

Seven Estonian cyclists kidnapped in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in March have been released.

July 14, 2011 15:23
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Freed Estonian Hostages

Estonian hostages 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A convoy believed to be carrying the seven Estonian tourists kidnapped in Lebanon in March arrives at the French embassy in Beirut.

The Estonian Foreign Ministry said the seven cyclists - who were kidnapped in the eastern Bekaa Valley shortly after crossing from Syria into Lebanon - were in good health, and had been taken to the French embassy.

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The exact circumstances of the kidnapping - a rarity since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990 - remain unclear, and it is not known whether a ransom was paid.

The hostages had appealed for help in a video posted on a social media website.

A released Estonian hostage said, "Please do anything to help us to get back home. And please give what, you have asked, we ask you very much please make everything to get us back home to our family as soon as possible."

Eleven people were charged in April with kidnapping the tourists at gunpoint; four of them are still at large.

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