Find a list of your saved stories here

Syrian rebels release nuns held since December


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's official news agency says Syrian rebels have released a group of about a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns who have been held since December.

The NNA agency reported early Monday that a convoy transporting the freed nuns was heading to the town of Jdeidet Yabous on the Syrian-Lebanon border.

Syrian rebels, including members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, seized the nuns from the Mar Takla convent when fighters overran the Christian village of Maaloula, north of Damascus, in December.

The nuns, who are believed to be mostly Syrian and Lebanese, worked in the convent's orphanage. Syrian officials said at least 12 nuns were captured.

Their seizure raised fears in the minority Christian community that they were being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Features stories

DIAA HADID

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast