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12/16/03

41 Iranians reunited with families upon return home after released in Iraq

Some 41 Iranians taken captive by the US forces have been released and arrived home on Tuesday, to be reunited with their families, IRNA reported from Shalamcheh, Khuzestan province.

The group of Iranians were taken captive in Iraq about seven months ago by the occupying US forces and transferred to a prison in Umm al-Qasr.

Governor of Khorramshahr Mohammad-Ali Shirali told IRNA at the Shalamche border that the Iranians, mostly pilgrims and relief workers, had been freed through efforts of the Iranian Embassy in Iraq in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Shirali said that unfortunately most of the properties of the Iranians, particularly their cars, had been confiscated by the US forces.

A group of state and military officials were present at a ceremony to welcome them.

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