18130Rumors Denied Over Kidnapped Syria Bishops
- Jun 28, 2013http://www.aina.org/news/20130628135748.htm
Rumors Denied Over Kidnapped Syria Bishops
Posted GMT 6-28-2013 18:57:48
The nephew of the one of the bishops kidnapped in Syria has denied rumors
that he has been killed, following the circulation of an undated video showing
two other Christians, including a bishop, being brutally killed.
Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop
Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men en route from the
Turkish border. Jamil Diarbekirli, who is also a member of the Syriac Democratic
Organization and the nephew of Ibrahim, told the Hürriyet Daily News that the
media should refrain from speculative reports because of the sensitivity of the
A bishop and another Christian were beheaded on video in front of a cheering
crowd by Syrian insurgents, who say they aided and abetted President Bashar
al-Assad's forces, according to reports. However, Fadi Hurigil, the head of the
Antakya Orthodox Church Foundation, said they were sure that the bishops in the
video were not Yaziji or Ibrahim. "These videos are aimed at frightening
Christians," Hurigil said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry had previously announced that the kidnapped
bishops were still alive and efforts were ongoing to secure their release.
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