As the embassy sieges in Tehran continues the last five non-American hostages have been released by the student captors.
As the embassy sieges in Tehran continues the last five non-American hostages have been released by the student captors. A total of 49 hostages still remain in captivity, but for 13 of their freed colleagues -- five women and eight blacks -- the ordeal is over. They were reunited with their families in Washington on Thursday (22 November).
SYNOPSIS: The thirteen freed hostages arrived at Andrews Air Force base from Frankfurt aboard a military plane. Their families had been flown to the base from all over the United States and were on hand to welcome their loved-ones back to American soil.
The hostages had been released on Monday and Tuesday (19 and 20 November) and flown to an American military hospital in Wiesbaden in West Germany. There the five women and eight blacks were pronounced medically fit and flown home for the long awaited family reunions.
The freed hostages were also greeted by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance-- on behalf of the American people and President Jimmy Carter. "We are deeply thankful at your safe return", Mr. Vance told the hostages.