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Egyptian detainee El-Gaiesh released by Syrian authorities

Egyptian engineer El-Gaiesh, who was arrested in Syria a couple of days ago is released by Syrian authorities

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Apr 2011

Egyptian computer engineer Khaled El-Gaiesh, who was arrested in Syria a week ago, was released ‎on Monday, stated Mohamed Abdul-‎Hakam, foreign minister's assistant for Egyptians abroad. ‎
El-Gaiesh, who works for a Swiss Beirut-based company, disappeared all of a sudden in the ‎city of Homs. He travelled to Syria after being invited by friends. ‎

He set off overland through Aleppo on Sunday, 27 March but mysteriously went AWOL. His ‎whereabouts remained unknown as his cell phone was out of service.‎

Abdul-Hakam said: “The release of El-Gaiesh was accomplished because of the ‎distinguished relations between Egypt and Syria, and in response to calls and efforts made ‎by the [Egyptian] foreign ministry in this matter.‎

‎“It also reflects the great attention the foreign ministry pay to the Egyptians who lives ‎abroad,” he added. ‎

Abdul-Hakam says El-Gaiesh, 26, is flying back to Lebanon.‎

Another engineer Mohamed Radwan, an Egyptian-American, was detained by Syrian ‎authorities for around a week and released on 1 April.‎

He was caught up in pro and anti-government clashes on 25 March at the Umayyad ‎Mosque in Damascus.‎

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