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18130Rumors Denied Over Kidnapped Syria Bishops

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Jun 28, 2013
      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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