Seven Estonian Cyclist tourists who were kidnapped in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley in March were released unharmed on Thursday.
The Estonians, who were kidnapped shortly after crossing into Lebanon from neighboring Syria, were in good health and were taken to the French embassy in Beirut, reports said.
The men, who have grown beards, came out on to the balcony of the embassy to smile, wave and bow to people outside, after their safe release. According to authorities the circumstances of kidnapping, is still a rare incident since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990. It was also not clear if a ransom had been paid.
The kidnappers did not have any demands but we will debrief them and they will tell us (what happened), said Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Cahrbel.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet told in a news conference in the Estonian capital Tallinn that the men had been given a health check and fed. The plan for travelling home is that this evening they will take a charter flight from Lebanon and we hope they will arrive back tomorrow in the first half of the day, he said.