Maaloula nuns to be freed, Greek Orthodox Council says

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Published Sunday, March 9, 2014

Nuns abducted in Syria by an armed group four months ago are supposed to have been freed as of Sunday afternoon, and were expected to arrive in Lebanon shortly, the Greek-Orthodox Council announced on Sunday.

The Council thanked those who contributed to the nuns' release and securing their safe arrival in Beirut, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.

The 13 Syrian and Lebanese nuns and three maids were kidnapped from the famed Christian hamlet of Maaloula in December and transported to the nearby town of Yabroud, a rebel stronghold the Syrian army is fighting to recapture.

Negotiators had lost contact with the nuns on Thursday.

(Al-Akhbar)

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