8 May 2012

Ten Fiji soldiers earlier kidnapped by Bedouin tribesman are now released

6:02 am on 8 May 2012

Ten Fijian soldiers kidnapped by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have been released.

Egyptian security sources say the kidnappers had been demanding that the Egyptian authorities free fellow tribesmen from prison.

The Fijian soldiers are part of the Multinational Force and Observers.

The remote Sinai region has descended further into lawlessness since a popular uprising ousted Egypt's president more than a year ago.

The MFO mission was set up as part of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel which returned the Sinai to Egyptian control.