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Protesters call for nuns’ release
outside Turkey embassy

BEIRUT - Around 50 protesters gathered Sunday outside the Turkish embassy in Rabieh to call for the release of the Orthodox nuns and bishops kidnapped in Syria.

 

Security measures were taken to prevent protesters from nearing the embassy complex in the Mount Lebanon town, the National News Agency reported.

 

The protest was called for by the Orthodox Party of the Levant.

 

Similar protests were held outside Turkish-owned businesses in Lebanon as well as the country’s embassy calling for the release of the Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped in northern Syria in 2012.

 

In October, Turkey helped mediate a deal with Qatar, Syria and Lebanese authorities to secure the release of the pilgrims.

 

Early in December, eleven nuns living in the Orthodox Mar Takla convent were kidnapped after rebels seized the Qalamoun town of Yabrud. Their kidnapping was the latest in a series of high-profile kidnappings of Christian figures in war-torn Syria.

 

In April, Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of Aleppo's Syriac Orthodox diocese and Boulos Yaziji, head of the Greek Orthodox diocese in the same city, were kidnapped in April near the Turkish border.

Security measures were taken to prevent protesters from nearing the embassy complex in the Mount Lebanon town.