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Egypt: two tourists kidnapped in Sinai released

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Egypt: two tourists kidnapped in Sinai released

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Two tourists abducted by Bedouin gunmen last week have been freed.. Authorities been been negotiating with the kidnappers for their release.

The Israeli man and Norwegian woman, were seized on March 23 while driving between the resort towns of Dahab and Taba on the Red Sea coast.

Bedouin kidnappers have held tourists hostage in the past to pressure the authorities to release fellow tribesmen from jail. Two American female tourists were kidnapped in Sinai in February 2012 but Egyptian authorities negotiated their release a few hours later.