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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Syria Eventually Released



A Catholic priest, Father Dhiya Azziz who was abducted in Syria on December 23 2015 has been released. The clergyman was seized as he was returning to his parish in Yakubiya after visiting relatives in Turkey and was set free on Monday evening, January 4 2016. In announcing his release, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land declined to provide any details, citing “confidentiality reasons.” Earlier, Church spokesmen had said that Father Azziz was likely being held by an Islamic rebel group. His parish is situated in an area held by rebels. In fact,  Father Azziz had been kidnapped previously, in July, and held briefly by Islamic militants before he managed to escape.

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