Egyptian Soldiers Returned

    Seven Egyptian security personnel, who were released by unknown kidnappers in the Sinai Peninsula, are pictured at Al-Maza military airport in Cairo, Egypt, 22 May 2013. Seven Egyptian soldiers were released one week after being captured in the Sinai Peninsula by suspected jihadists, state-run television said 22 May. Army spokesman Ahmed Mohammed said the release was made possible by 'efforts made by the Egyptian military intelligence service and tribal leaders' in Sinai. The fate of the kidnappers themselves was not clear. They were reportedly jihadists in Sinai seeking the release of imprisoned relatives or associates.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI /LANDOV

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    Seven soldiers kidnapped on the Sinai Peninsula last week have been freed, the Egyptian Army said Wednesday. “They were released thanks to the work of military intelligence and in cooperation with the noble tribal leaders of Sinai,” said an Army spokesman in a statement Wednesday. The men were treated to a royal welcoming by President Mohamed Morsi, who rolled out a red carpet to welcome them at a Cairo military base. The kidnapping was staunchly protested by Egypt, which shut down the Gaza border Saturday in protest. Morsi applauded their successful return as an “example of cooperation,” kissing each of the men as they arrived.

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