Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, kidnapped on their way back to Aleppo after accomplishing a humanitarian mission, are still abducted despite some news two days after the attack about their release that were finally wrong. The two were victims of an attack last April 22, near Aleppo, and their driver was killed.
U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly renewed Tuesday her government’s call for the release of the two bishops following a meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.
It is unknown who kidnapped the two bishops and what are their demands, but several days ago, the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, informed that he had spoken directly with John Ibrahim, one of the two kidnapped and said that they are in good health. No more news about a possible demands for their release.
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