Eritrea frees two Israelis held for alleged arms smuggling

August 23, 2011 17:59


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Two Israeli pilots who were detained by Eritrean authorities under suspicions of arms smuggling have been released.

Captain Yehuda Maoz and First Officer Vered Aharonson were held for a number of weeks by authorities in Eritrea, a small nation located in the Horn of Africa, but were released after intervention by the Foreign Ministry.

The two were arrested at the Asmara International Airport located in the nation's capital after a routine security check revealed they were carrying a mechanical part authorities believed would be used for weapons configuration.

It was still unclear the purpose of the mechanical piece, and to whom it was meant to be delivered.

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