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Kidnapped Syria nuns 'expected' to be freed: Reports

Published on Mar 10, 2014 12:32 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - A group of nuns kidnapped from a Syrian town in December were expected to be released, thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation, a monitoring group and Lebanese media reports said on Sunday.

The 13 nuns and three maids were kidnapped from the famed Christian hamlet of Maalula and taken to the nearby Syrian rebel town of Yabrud, where they have been held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

The reports come after Syria's authorities called journalists to the war-torn country's border with Lebanon, presumably to witness the handover of the nuns.

By the late afternoon, however, the women had not yet been escorted to the border, according to an AFP on the Syrian side of the frontier.

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