Friday, 1 June 2012

Syrian Militants Hold Lebanese Visitors, Want Sayyed Nasralah’s Apology

Local Editor

Asit announced it was holding the Lebanese visitors who were abducted ten days ago, Syrian armed group said they wanted an apology from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah over his last speech.lebanese visitors abducted in syria

The Doha-based channel al-Jazeera broadcast a telephone call with “Abu Abdullah al-Halabi”, who said the armed group calling itself the "Syrian Revolutionaries -- Aleppo Province" was holding the 11 Lebanese abductees.

"The kidnapped Lebanese are being looked after by us and are in good health”, Abu Abdullah said, adding the group wanted an apology from Sayyed Nasrallah.

"Negotiations for their release are possible as soon as (Sayyed) Nasrallah apologizes.”

Al-Jazeera also showed images of men said to be among the kidnap victims as well as passports.

Sayyed Nasrallah last week, delivered a speech on the twelfth anniversary of the Lebanese South’s liberation. During the speech Hezbollah S.G. stressed that the party’s stance from the Syrian crisis was firm and would not change.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati is on a trip to Turkey for talks with his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the issue.

Last week, media outlets reported that the visitors would be released through the Syrian-Turkish border. It was expected that the visitors would fly to Beirut through Ankara airport. However the release did not take place.

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