IDF soldier rescued from captivity in Armenia returns home to Israel

By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
October 22, 2015 11:19

 
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An IDF soldier who holds dual Israeli-Armenian citizenship returned home in dramatic fashion last week after authorities in Armenia refused to allow him to leave the country.

Arik Martuin, an Israeli air force conscript, traveled to Armenia two months ago for a heritage trip to his native country.

Israeli authorities were shocked to learn that when Martuin was set to return home, Armenian border agents refused to allow him to leave the country.

After being told that he was to be drafted into the Armenian military due to his being a citizen, Martuin took to Facebook to plead for help in returning to Israel.

At that point, an Israeli attorney, Eyal Paltek, came to the soldier's aid after the IDF indicated that it lacked the means to offer a solution.

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