Saudi TV channel airs footage of Iranian pilgrims abducted in Syria

Insurgents in Syria (file photo)

The Saudi-owned news channel Al-Arabiya has aired footage of 48 Iranian pilgrims a day after they were kidnapped by insurgents near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The kidnappers claim that the hostages are members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) by simply referring to their military discharge cards.

It seems that the Saudi channel has obtained the footage directly from the insurgents.

According to a Qatari source, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sending weapons and communications equipment to the insurgents in Syria via a base that is located in the southern Turkish city of Adana, about one hundred kilometers from Syria’s border, to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

On Saturday, 48 Iranian pilgrims, who were traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) on the outskirts of Damascus, were abducted by insurgents.

In a statement released later on the day, Iran’s Consulate in Syria said it is pursuing the fate of the Iranian nationals in collaboration with Syrian security organizations.

On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called his Turkish and Qatari counterparts Ahmet Davutoglu and Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani and called for their assistance in securing the release of the hostages.

The Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers promised to do their best to bring about the liberation of the Iranian pilgrims.

Source: Press TV

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