Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Syrian Rebels Abduct 12 Nuns to Town of Yabroud; Mother Superior:Nuns, 3 Other Women Abducted

The mother superior of a Syrian convent says 12 nuns have been abducted by opposition fighters and taken to a rebel-held town, the USA Today website reports.

Febronia Nabhan, Mother Superior at Saidnaya Convent, said today (December 3, 2013) that the nuns and three other women were taken yesterday from another convent in the predominantly Christian village of Maaloula to the nearby town of Yabroud.

Syrian rebels captured large parts of Maaloula -- some 40 miles northeast of Damascus -- yesterday after three days of fighting.

Nabhan said that the Maaloula convent's mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf, called her later yesterday  and said they were all "fine and safe."

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