Iran calls for immediate release of Syrian nuns

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the kidnapping of 12 nuns by the terrorists in Syria, and called for their immediate freedom.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned terrorists’ attack on Syria’s Maaloula village, insulting Christian sacred sites and kidnapping 12 nuns of Mar Takla Monastery, and asked for the immediate and unconditional release of the innocent nuns.

“Beyond doubt these moves are made aimed at intriguing civil sedition in Syria and sectarian strife among the followers of the divine faiths that have been peacefully coexisting side by side of each other peacefully for centuries,” Afkham said on Wednesday night.

She asked the international and regional organizations to perform their humanitarian duties immediately and block the path for the occurrence of repeating any aggressive move and criminal act against the innocent Syrian nation.

Foreign-backed terrorists in Syria have taken 12 nuns from a predominantly Christian village near Damascus and moved them to a rebel-held town.

Syria was hit by a violent unrest since mid-March 2011, where the Syrian government accuses foreign actors of orchestrating the conflict by supporting the militant opposition groups with arms and money.

By Fars News Agency


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