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2 Russian hostages, 1 Italian freed in Syria, Russia says

Feb. 4, 2013 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 11:32 A.M.)
MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Two Russians and an Italian have been freed in Syria after being held hostage by rebel forces for nearly two months, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said in a statement that Viktor Gorelov, Abdessattar Hassun and Merio Belluomo, who were taken hostage on Dec. 12, had been released in exchange for captured Syrian rebels. All three were in good health, it said.
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