Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bishops 'kidnapped by Syrian rebels'

Armed rebels in Syria have kidnapped two of the country's most prominent bishops, according to reports by state media. The two men had previously warned of the threat to religious tolerance and diversity arising from the two-year conflict in the country.

The Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi, were seized by “a terrorist group” in the village of Kfar Dael in the northern province of Aleppo as they were “carrying out humanitarian work”, said the government-owned SANA news agency.

A Syriac member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Abdulahad Steifo, said the men had been kidnapped on the road to Aleppo from the rebel-held Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey.