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Canada: Free Syrian Army members will visit abducted nuns , Mother Agnes Mariam says01:18

Canada: Free Syrian Army members will visit abducted nuns , Mother Agnes Mariam says

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December 4, 2013 at 09:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Canada: Free Syrian Army members will visit abducted nuns , Mother Agnes Mariam says

Mother Agnes Mariam was interviewed in Montreal on Tuesday about the recent abduction of nuns from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula.

When asked about who is responsible for the aducation Mother Agnes Mariam says, "The statements I've heard are rather ambiguous. The leaders of the Free Syrian Army have claimed that their units have nothing to do with this incident, that they have condemned it and that it could have been held by unidentified extremists. Others are saying it might have been the doing of certain armed groups from Homs that the FSA has no control over. They might have wanted to protect the nuns from the government-controlled Syrian army. These are virtually the words of the FSA officials I talked to on the phone. There are still a lot of unclear moments. One of the Free Syrian Army members told us he would go to Maaloula and bring the video records with him. This person keeps in constant touch with the group dealing with national reconciliation issues and plans to join its members who are going to visit the nuns", Mother Mariam Agnes said.

On Monday, Syrian state television reported that several nuns had been abducted from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Mar Thecla after the ancient part of the town was captured and the convent attacked. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General urging the international community to condemn the attacks by militant groups on Maaloula and the convent, and to put pressure on the countries supporting the opposition. The leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch has also called on the international community to help save them.

The militant groups who attacked the town reportedly came from the nearby town of Nabak where Syrian Army forces are carrying out anti-terrorist operations.

The fighting in Maaloula is part of a wider struggle between Al-Qaeda linked fighters of the Nusra Front and the Syrian army for control of the strategic Damascus-Homs highway, which passes close by the town. Maaloula was also the scene of heavy fighting in September. It is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Christianity and is home to a number of shrines and monasteries, which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Canada: Free Syrian Army members will visit abducted nuns , Mother Agnes Mariam says01:18
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Canada: Free Syrian Army members will visit abducted nuns , Mother Agnes Mariam says

Mother Agnes Mariam was interviewed in Montreal on Tuesday about the recent abduction of nuns from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula.

When asked about who is responsible for the aducation Mother Agnes Mariam says, "The statements I've heard are rather ambiguous. The leaders of the Free Syrian Army have claimed that their units have nothing to do with this incident, that they have condemned it and that it could have been held by unidentified extremists. Others are saying it might have been the doing of certain armed groups from Homs that the FSA has no control over. They might have wanted to protect the nuns from the government-controlled Syrian army. These are virtually the words of the FSA officials I talked to on the phone. There are still a lot of unclear moments. One of the Free Syrian Army members told us he would go to Maaloula and bring the video records with him. This person keeps in constant touch with the group dealing with national reconciliation issues and plans to join its members who are going to visit the nuns", Mother Mariam Agnes said.

On Monday, Syrian state television reported that several nuns had been abducted from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Mar Thecla after the ancient part of the town was captured and the convent attacked. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General urging the international community to condemn the attacks by militant groups on Maaloula and the convent, and to put pressure on the countries supporting the opposition. The leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch has also called on the international community to help save them.

The militant groups who attacked the town reportedly came from the nearby town of Nabak where Syrian Army forces are carrying out anti-terrorist operations.

The fighting in Maaloula is part of a wider struggle between Al-Qaeda linked fighters of the Nusra Front and the Syrian army for control of the strategic Damascus-Homs highway, which passes close by the town. Maaloula was also the scene of heavy fighting in September. It is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Christianity and is home to a number of shrines and monasteries, which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

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