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Laborers release Israeli hostages


Chinese laborers on Turks and Caicos released their remaining Israeli captives after an Israeli company agreed to pay lost wages.

Six Israelis of the Israeli company Ashtrom were released late Saturday. Nine Israelis had been freed the day before, according to reports, after some payments were paid to the laborers.

Some 300 laborers took the employees captive after Ashtrom halted construction on a project in Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean nation. The laborers insisted on being paid before releasing the Israelis and several other foreign nationals.

Ashtrom had stopped the project because one of the banks involved collapsed in the current financial crisis, Israeli media reported.

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