Seven Egyptian hostages freed in Sinai: en route to Cairo
Egyptian soldiers are deployed in the area of the Rafah Crossing border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on May 21 (STR / AFP)
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After almost a week in captivity, seven soldiers held hostage by unidentified militants in Sinai have been released and are en route to Cairo confirmed Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali, early Wednesday morning.
The officers, who are being flown back to the capital, are free thanks to the efforts of military intelligence in cooperation with tribal sheikhs and residents of the peninsula, the spokesperson added.
The Armed Forces will hold a press conference shortly to reveal the details of how the soldiers were freed.
Al-Ahram's Arabic language news website also reported that the Rafah border crossing with Gaza is now open. The crossing was closed shortly after the hostages were taken last week.
Seven Egyptian security personnel, including a member of the armed forces, four port security officers and two state security officers, were taken hostage by unidentified kidnappers in North Sinai on Thursday.
It is the first time Egyptian security personnel have been abducted by Sinai-based militants.