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Egypt releases Israeli security guards

Egypt releases Israeli security guards
Egyptians burns an Israeli flag during a protest as thousands gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square and hold flags of Egypt and Palestine on May 13, 2011 during a protest calling for national unity after attacks on Egyptian churches, and solidarity with the Palestinians as they mark the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" which they call the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948. UPI/Mohammed Hosam | License Photo

JERUSALEM, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Egypt released four Israeli security guards who had been arrested on a yacht near the Straits of Tiran, officials in Jerusalem said Friday.

Ynetnews.com reported Egyptian forces made the arrests after the guards threw weapons overboard, raising suspicions, when the yacht encountered an Egyptian coast guard ship Wednesday.

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The Egyptian forces took the Israeli guards -- three men and a woman -- to Sharm el-Sheik for questioning, officials said.

Israel's Foreign Ministry told Egyptian authorities the incident resulted from a misunderstanding, Ynetnews.com said. After interrogation, the guards were released to Israel and arrived aboard the yacht Sea Bell in Eilat, Israel, Friday.

Israeli security guards work on cargo ships passing near Somalia where piracy is common.

The Sea Bell offer tours in the Red Sea, Ynetnews said.

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