UN chief refuses to condemn Iranian pilgrims’ abduction

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has refused to condemn the abduction of 48 Iranians kidnapped by insurgents near the Syrian capital Damascus, Press TVreports.

When asked about the kidnapping, Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Monday that “I don’t have anything at the moment.”

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

Unconfirmed media reports said three of 48 Iranian pilgrims abducted by insurgents have been killed.

Press TV asked Nesirky if Ban might somehow intervene before more hostages are killed. “I think it’s obvious that there are a number of players involved in this already and I don’t think I want to go to any more details at this point,” he said.

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

An informed official at Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday vehemently dismissed the reports by certain Arabic-language news networks that the Iranian pilgrims were military members.

Source: Press TV 

 

 

 

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. Continue reading

Gunmen kidnap 48 Iranian pilgrims in Damascus

Forty-eight Iranian pilgrims visiting a holy mosque have been abducted by gunmen in a suburb of the Syrian capital.

The pilgrims were on a bus heading to the mosque when they were seized by a group of armed men, an official at the Iranian embassy in Damascus.

Terrorists were behind the kidnapping, officials confirmed.

Source: Breaking News