Kidnapped Bishops in Syria are in ‘Good Health’, report


SYRIA-CONFLICT-RELIGION-KIDNAP-FILESThe two Orthodox bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji that were kidnapped in Syria in April 2013 are currently in the northern city of Raqqa and held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a report published in al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday,

They are reportedly  detained in the region of Tal Abyad, which is located in north of Raqqa governorate, near the Turkish border.

The al-Qaida-affiliated Asbat al-Ansar is allegedly the group behind the abduction of the two bishops.

Christians constitute some five percent of Syria’s population, a patchwork of religious and ethnic groups.

Rights groups say Christians are especially vulnerable in the chaos that has engulfed Syria ever since the outbreak of a conflict in March 2011, which has so far killed some 162,000 people.



2 responses to “Kidnapped Bishops in Syria are in ‘Good Health’, report”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    ISIL is a little nuts. They attempt to rule by force like Assad but the peoples will will always give way. The only question is will it be too late for the bishops.

    1. arzatna1 Avatar

      The Qatari Emir Sheikh vowed last October to help secure the release of the kidnapped bishops. During talks with Patriarch Beshara Rai in Doha, the emir said “he would exert all efforts to resolve the case of the bishops.”
      Qatar already helped release the kidnapped nuns last March . I understand the bishops will be next . The question is when?

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