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October 7, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Masked gunmen kidnaped two Swiss Red Cross workers at a medical center outside the Lebanese port city of Sidon on Friday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreign relief personnel in Lebanon's lawless south. The two men, identified as Emmanuel Christen, 25, and Elio Erriquez, 23, were bundled into the trunk of the kidnapers' car and driven off in the direction of Ein el Hilwa, a large Palestinian refugee camp, according to press reports from Sidon.
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October 7, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Masked gunmen kidnaped two Swiss Red Cross workers at a medical center outside the Lebanese port city of Sidon on Friday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreign relief personnel in Lebanon's lawless south. The two men, identified as Emmanuel Christen, 25, and Elio Erriquez, 23, were bundled into the trunk of the kidnapers' car and driven off in the direction of Ein el Hilwa, a large Palestinian refugee camp, according to press reports from Sidon.
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August 13, 1990 | Reuter s
The Palestinian Revolutionary Factions said Sunday that it had released Swiss hostage Elio Erriquez after 10 months in captivity. Erriquez's colleague Emanuel Christen was freed in Lebanon last Wednesday and flew home from Damascus. Erriquez, 24, and Christen, 33, were snatched in October, 1989, in Sidon, south Lebanon. Both are relief workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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August 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A previously unknown faction calling itself the Palestine Revolutionary Squads said it will release two Swiss hostages of the International Committee of the Red Cross within 24 hours. The statement, handwritten in Arabic, was delivered to the independent Beirut newspaper An Nahar along with a photograph of Swiss captive Emmanuel Christen, 32. He and the other hostage, Elio Erriquez, 23, were kidnaped Oct. 6, 1989, in Sidon.
NEWS
October 8, 1989
Red Cross officials returned to the Lebanese port of Sidon, a day after two Swiss colleagues were kidnaped by unidentified gunmen, but relief operations will remain suspended until the men are freed.
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October 28, 1989 | United Press International
Local employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross staged sit-ins Friday to press for information on the fate of two Swiss workers kidnaped three weeks ago in the southern port city of Sidon. Orthopedic technicians Emmanuel Christen, 32, and Elio Erriquez, 23, were abducted Oct. 6, in front of the ICRC orthopedic center in Sidon, which fits artificial limbs to the wounded.
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January 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Palestinian official accused Abu Nidal's terrorist group of kidnaping two Swiss workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross, newspapers in Beirut reported. Zeid Wehbe, an official in the mainstream Fatah movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the Fatah-Revolutionary Council headed by Abu Nidal was responsible for the abduction of Elio Erriquez and Emmanuel Christen, both orthopedic technicians with the ICRC. Erriquez, 23, and Christen, 32, were kidnaped Oct.
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August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Freed Swiss hostage Elio Erriquez arrived home today to an emotional welcome from his family and friends after 10 months of captivity in Lebanon. Several hundred people lining a balcony at Geneva airport burst into cheers and applause as Erriquez, 24, pale but smiling, walked slowly down the gangway of a special plane into the embraces of his mother and other family members.
NEWS
October 14, 1989
A Swiss airline flight attendant seized in Lebanon while on a three-month vacation has been released after being held captive for five days, Swissair said in Zurich, Switzerland. In Beirut, a diplomatic source said the seizure of Astrid Fischer, 31, resulted from a dispute between two rival boyfriends, one of whom ordered her abduction. The diplomat said she has been asked to leave Lebanon and not return. A Swissair spokesman said: "I can only confirm she is free."
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August 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A Beirut newspaper said Tuesday that the radical Palestinian faction of terrorist Abu Nidal would release four Belgian hostages today. A Belgian government source dismissed the report by the newspaper al Lima, however, saying that "it is not the first time this paper has had a story like that." In Geneva, meanwhile, Swiss relief worker Elio Erriquez arrived home after what he described as 10 months of "living death" as a hostage in Lebanon.
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October 10, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Police said Monday that two Red Cross officials abducted last week are being held by radical Palestinian guerrillas led by terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal. Abu Nidal's group has denied taking part in the kidnapings. "We have established that Abu Nidal's men carried out the abduction. We believe the hostages are held in a base east of Sidon," said a police spokesman, who declined to be identified.
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