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Missing Humanitarians found in Iraqi prison

The group said it had no details on why Calas, French head of a six-man MSF mission in Iraq, and Younis, a logistics expert from Sudan, had been detained.
MSF says missing members in Iraq have been found

PARIS (Reuters) - Medecins sans Frontieres said on Friday the two members of its Baghdad team missing since April 2 had made contact after being released from nine days in an Iraqi jail.

"Francois Calas and Ibrahim Younis were able to call MSF in Brussels and Paris. Though weakened by nine days of detention, they are doing fine," the Nobel Prize-winning group of volunteer doctors and medical staff said in a statement.

The group said it had no details on why Calas, French head of a six-man MSF mission in Iraq, and Younis, a logistics expert from Sudan, had been detained. It said they planned to link up with other team members in Baghdad.

The team has been in Iraq for several weeks and had been working at a hospital in northeast Baghdad with local doctors. After Calas and Younis disappeared, MSF suspended its work in Iraq.

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