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Syria Kidnaps Four U.S. Tourists; Israel Establishes Their Identity

An Israeli army spokesman said tonight that four American citizens on a tour of the Middle East were kidnaped by Syrians. The Israeli spokesman gave the names as Paul Meier, Arthur Risinger, Fred Freudenhower, and Tom Freudenhower. The spokesman did not give the hometown or other particulars.

The official announcement said: “This afternoon an automobile was found north of Ein Gev–eastern shore of the sea of Galilee–owned by four Americans who were on tour of the Middle East. An investigation showed the four were abducted after they were bathing in the sea of Galilee Saturday last. The kidnapers were armed Syrians who had penetrated into the demilitarized zone. Some personal belongings and documents of the abducted men were found on the spot.”