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Two Israelis kidnapped, then released, in Turkey

Unidentified group demanded families of students from Bedouin village of Rahat pay ransom, threatens to sell them to IS

Illustrative photo of members of special security forces  in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP/Emrah Gurel)
Illustrative photo of members of special security forces in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

Two Israeli students from the Bedouin village of Rahat in the Negev who had been studying in Armenia were kidnapped — and later released — by an unidentified group in Turkey, Israeli authorities said Saturday.

The kidnappers demanded that the students’ families pay a ransom, or else the two would be sold to the Islamic State group, according to Channel 10.

The students were released Saturday, and were at a police station in the southern Turkish city of Mersin on Saturday night, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two had apparently been in Turkey in order to purchase gold.

No further details concerning the incident were made public.

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