Associated Press in Damascus
- theguardian.com, Tuesday 3 December 2013 09.04 EST
Opposition fighters have abducted 12 nuns from a predominantly Christian village near Damascus and taken them to a rebel-held town, the mother superior of a Syrian convent said on Tuesday.
Febronia Nabhan, Mother Superior at Saidnaya Convent, said that the nuns and three other women had been seized from another convent in the predominantly Christian village of Maaloula and taken to the nearby town of Yabroud on Monday.
On the same day, Syrian rebels had captured large parts of Maaloula, around 40 miles north-east of the capital, after three days of fighting.
The state news agency Sana reported on Monday that six nuns, including the Maaloula convent’s mother superior Pelagia Sayaf, were trapped in the nunnery.
Categories: Escalation / Destabilization Conflict