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Two U.S. diplomats detained by radical Palestinians for eight hours last week were caught taking pictures in a restricted area near a guerrilla training camp, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry statement said Col. Clifford Robert Ward, a military attache, and his assistant, Maj. Robert Siegel, were photographing a Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus on March 3. It said they were detained by members of Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command because they were in a forbidden area and carried maps and cameras equipped with zoom lenses. The two were handed over to Syrian authorities and then, in turn, to U.S. Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the statement said.


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