Again the nuns of Maaloula .. Lebanon arrests a Syrian who participated in the kidnapping

It has been more than 7 years since the Maaloula nuns were kidnapped by gunmen belonging to the then Al-Nusra Front, and then released.

In the new case, the Lebanese army announced the arrest of a Syrian who participated in the kidnapping of nuns.

nicknamed Abu Inad

And the army command said in a statement today, Sunday, that “on 9/11/2021, a patrol of the intelligence directorate in the city of Majdal Anjar – Western Bekaa, the Syrian (FK), nicknamed Abu Inad, was arrested for taking the lead of an armed group affiliated with the terrorist organization Fatah al-Sham (Jabhat al-Sham), formerly Al-Nusra Front), and participated in the kidnapping of the Maaloula nuns, in their detention and then in their release in exchange of the release of a certain number of gunmen of the aforementioned organization.

He also added that the Syrian (FK) participated with his group in several battles on the outskirts of Qalamoun and in the battle of Arsal on 2/8/2014.

In addition, he confirmed that books belonging to the aforementioned organization, binoculars, 4 cell phones, 3 cameras and an oil-colored military uniform were confiscated from his home.

Kidnapping, release and deal

It is interesting to note that the “Al-Nusra Front” had kidnapped about 13 nuns and 3 assistants of Deir Maaloula in Syria – they are Syrians and Lebanese – in December 2013, then Abu Malik al-Tali, who was the mastermind of that group that kidnapped the nuns, releasing them in March 2014, according to agreements and an agreement during which he received large sums of money , after Qatar’s mediators entered the case, according to what was confirmed at the time by the Lebanese Director General of Public Security.

On June 22, 2020, a group of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra) surrounded the extremist leader’s house in the countryside of Idlib city and arrested him by order of the commander. in head of Tahrir al-Sham Abu Muhammad al-Julani, without knowing the reasons, but was released on July 26, 2020.

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