Defected Syrian army general Husam Iddin Alawak commented to LBC TV about the kidnapped Lebanese Shiite pilgrims by denying it was a kidnapping operation and instead he called it a detention:
“This process was not a kidnapping, it was a detention . A large number of buses coming from Iran was allowed to pass without any incidents but this particular bus was detained because it had 5 members of Hezbollah”. He said
Last Tuesday, National News Agency (NNA) reported that 13 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims were kidnapped in Aleppo province as they were returning home by bus from pilgrimage in Iran.
There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims.
Ya Libnan published several updates on the issue