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Abducted Syrian bishops in good health, held by rebels

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/May-08/216352-abducted-syrian-bishops-in-good-health-held-by-rebels.ashx#axzz2Sij4fjBb Abducted Syrian bishops
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      Abducted Syrian bishops in good health, held by rebels
      May 08, 2013 06:11 PM
      The Daily Star

      BEIRUT: Acting President of the Syrian National Council George Sabra
      said Wednesday that the two Greek Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria
      are being held in a small village north west of Aleppo by a rebel group.

      In a telephone conversation with Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel, Sabra
      said that Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi and Syriac
      Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were both in good health and still
      in the custody of a small group of rebels in the Syrian town of Bshaqtin.

      “The bishops are in good health and are being held by a small group in a
      town called Bshaqtin, 20 kilometers north west of Aleppo,” Sabra told
      Gemayel who was in a meeting with Syriac Orthodox bishops at the Kataeb
      Party’s headquarters in Saifi, according to Gemayel’s office.

      Yazigi and Ibrahim were kidnapped last month by armed men while they
      were on their way to Aleppo from the Turkish border.

      The meeting in Saifi was attended by Mount Lebanon’s Syriac Orthodox
      Bishop George Saliba, Beirut Bishop Daniel Koriyeh, Syriac League
      President Habib Efram and the Deputy Bishop of Aleppo Joseph Shabo.

      Bishop Saliba also spoke to the Syrian opposition leader over the phone
      and urged him to secure the release of the kidnapped bishops.

      When contacted by The Daily Star contacted, Sabra declined to comment on
      the matter.

      Speaking during the meeting in Saifi, Gemayel said that the abduction of
      the two bishops constitutes a bad message to the Christian communities
      in Syria and the region.

      For his part, Saliba said that fear might overwhelm Christians in the
      region if the bishops are not released. “I don’t know whether the
      Christians would leave the region because of this or stay and react to
      this kidnapping in a way that we do not want,” Saliba added.

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      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
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