Hezbollah urges Syrian kidnappers to free Lebanese pilgrims

Hezbollah urges Syrian kidnappers to free Lebanese pilgrims

Beirut : Lebanon | Jun 02, 2012 at 4:22 AM PDT
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In televised speech on Friday, Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah said that the kidnappers of the Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in Syria should address their grievances directly with him and not through kidnapping innocent people.

Nasrallah has urged the speedy release of the Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped by unknown armed group in Syria.

“Having a problem with Hezbollah or the Amal Movement over political views of what is happening in Syria is one thing, but taking innocent people hostage is a great injustice,” Nasrallah said, Al manar TV reported.

“If you have a problem with me, then there are several means and ways to resolve this problem,” he added.

On Thursday, a previously unknown armed group calling itself the “Syrian Revolutionaries -- Aleppo Province” claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 12 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims since May 22, and demanded Nasrallah apologize for his support of the Syrian government on the ongoing conflict in Syria, before they release the Lebanese nationals.

“Negotiations for their release are possible as soon as Nasrallah apologizes," the group said in a statement received by the Al-Jazeera news network.

Last week it was reported that the pilgrims were freed and had arrived in Turkey, but those reports were later denied.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli , the largest city in northern Lebnon, a Lebanese security official said on Saturday that seven people were killed and 30 wounded in renewed clashes between supporters and opponents of a popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sporadic gun and rocket fire broke out at midnight and continued through the night, forcing some residents of the port city to flee their homes, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Witnesses told AFP news that, large deployment of armed forces was noted in Jabal Mohsen district, home to the minority Alawite sect, where tensions are high.

Last May, at least 12 people were killed in clashes between Sunnis opposing the Syrian government and Alawite, who are supporters of the regime.

Source: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/02/218067.html

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Lebanon's state news agency said Syrian rebels kidnapped 13 Shiite pilgrims
Lebanon's state news agency said Syrian rebels kidnapped 13 Shiite pilgrims
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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