Family of Sinai Kidnap Victim: ´Seems Like a Nightmare´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 07/15/12)
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The family of an American Christian pastor kidnapped by Bedouin in
the Sinai Peninsula on Friday say they still can´t believe it
Jean Louis told CNN that his father, 61-year-old Pastor Michel Louis,
was taken off a bus together with their Egyptian tour guide and
whisked away by kidnappers.
The Massachusetts pastor, a diabetic, was with his wife at the time
and had gone to visit Mt. Sinai before traveling towards Taba -- and
Israel -- when the tour bus in which he was riding was blocked by a
“In the cars were some gentlemen who got on to the bus. They detained
both my father… and another woman who was part of the group on their
way to Israel,” the pastor´s son said.
"Even now it seems like a dream to her – a nightmare,” Louis said of
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is working with Egyptian officials to try
to free the hostages.
Israel has repeatedly issued alerts to tourists against traveling in
the Sinai Peninsula, warning of the dangers that one might be
kidnapped. The U.S. government has likewise issued similar travel
alerts, for the same reason.
Since the fall of the government of former Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak, security in the Sinai Peninsula has been extremely lax, and
Bedouin tribes have largely taken over control of the region.
A number of terrorist organizations have also established beachheads
in the area, and have built strong ties with some of the Bedouin
tribes who live there.
Americans and Israelis are both being targeted by the Lebanon-based
Hizbullah terrorist organization, as well as the Global Jihad (Al
Qaeda) terrorist movement, both of which have been operating in the
region for some time.
Louis said his family was unaware of the dangers of the region,
despite the fact that a number of Americans have been kidnapped there.
Two American tourists were kidnapped with their guide in the Sinai
and immediately released in February. Two more were abducted in June,
and freed a day later.
Egyptian authorities have said the three hostages are apparently
still in the area, and being held as bargaining chips for the release
of relatives of the Bedouin being held in custody.
"Continuing efforts are being made in order to determine the
whereabouts of the Americans and the Egyptian tour guide on one hand,
and to release them in coordination with tribal leaders and the
families in the region,” EgyNews reported. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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