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UPDATE: Syria says 2 missing Americans arrested for illegal entry from Lebanon

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The State Department says it has received confirmation from the Syrian government that it's holding two American journalists who went missing in Lebanon eight days ago.

  The Syrian foreign ministry says Holli Chmela and Taylor Luck were detained after they crossed the Lebanese-Syrian border with the help of smugglers.

  It says the two will be handed over to the U.S. embassy after "necessary measures" are completed.

  The State Department says it is "greatly relieved that the two are safe" and that it's seeking access to U.S. officials in Syria.

  Chmela and Luck had been working for the Jordan Times and had reportedly been headed on a vacation to the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

  Militants and Islamic fundamentalists are known to be active in the predominantly Sunni Muslim city.

  Earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut warned about potential violence targeting Americans in Lebanon.

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