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Syria: Kidnappers apparently released two Orthodox bishops

Several media reported on Tuesday afternoon that the two Orthodox bishops were released on Tuesday afternoon. Greek media citing Christian organization “l’Œuvre d’Orient” report that Archbishop of Aleppo Pavlos  Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Syrian Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were released at 2:15 pm Tuesday.

The brother of Pavlos, Greek Orthodox Bishop Ioannis told Reuters that the two bishops were released and were on the way to the city of Aleppo.

It was not immediately clear who kidnapped the men.

Syria abducted bishops

Bishop Pavlos and Bishop Yohanna were abducted on Monday afternoon near the Turkish border. Their driver and a cleric were killed, media reported.

Syrian state media reported that the two bishops were seized by rebels while they were on a humanitarian mission and their driver was killed.

No official statement has been made so far.

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