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Colombia's ELN rebels release civilian hostage: Red Cross

The ELN -- which has some 1,500 fighters in its ranks -- has pledged to hold its fire in the lead-up to a referendum when Colombians will decide whether to accept a peace deal with the FARCColombia’s second-largest rebel force, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), on Thursday released a civilian captive to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the humanitarian organization said. “A civilian who was in the hands of the National Liberation Army (ELN) was handed over today to the ICRC,” it said in a statement. ICRC delegates at the hostage transfer said the person was “in proper health,” but provided no details about the civilian’s identity.

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