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Family of Jordanian hostage in Iraq struggles to raise ransom

The family of a Jordanian kidnapped in Iraq said they were struggling to raise the 500,000 dollars needed to save his life, after the kidnappers once again extended a deadline for the ransom to be paid. “We have set up committees comprising relatives and acquaintances to raise the money,” said Mohammed al-Ezza, brother of hostage Hisham Talab al-Ezza who has been detained in Iraq for nearly a week. “But so far we have been unable to make any progress,” he said, a day after the family announced it pulled together 15,000 dollars toward a ransom payment. The kidnappers phoned Mohammed al-Ezza and Hisham’s wife early Thursday and told them they insisted on the payment of 500,000 dollars and gave them until Saturday morning to raise the money, the brother said. Group Profile

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