Twenty five Chinese workers in Egypt have been released after they were seized by Bedouin tribesmen, in the latest in a series of abductions of Chinese workers abroad.
The kidnappers had been demanding the release from jail of five members of their group. They also wanted Egypt to stop exporting gas to Israel.
The workers appeared in good health after their release. The circumstances of their release remain unclear.
The incident comes after similar kidnappings in Sudan. It’ is understood 29 Chinese workers are being held by rebels in Sudan after fighting in the South Kordofan region. They were seized during a clash with the Sudanese army.
At least 17 of the Chinese caught up in the conflict managed to escape and were flown home.
Chinese companies often take on contracts in areas considered too dangerous by their Western counterparts.