Palestinian Militants Release U.S. Hostage Abducted in Nablus

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel and Yoav Stern - An American student, Michael Leighton Phillips, 24, was freed late Wednesday after being held for a day by Palestinians. A previously unknown Palestinian armed group, Ansar Assuna, claimed it had kidnapped an American student to "confront" the U.S. and force the release of some Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. Groups by that name operate in Iraq and Lebanon. Phillips was working with Project Hope near the West Bank city of Nablus, teaching English.

2006-10-12 01:00:00

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