An armed group linked to Nusra Front, considered Al Qaeda affiliate group in Syria, a Syrian kidnapped several Franciscan priest and faithful Qunayeh Syrian town near the border with Turkey, late Sunday 5 October. This is confirmed Tuesday the Holy Land, a division of the Franciscan order, primarily covering Israel, Palestinian and Syrian territories. In a statement on its website, the Custody adds that he does not know the whereabouts of Pastor Hanna Jallouf OFM and the captivity and can not contact with the kidnappers.

Although the statement of the Custody aims ” brigades linked to Nusra Front “, the Vicar Apostolic of Aleppo, Abu Georges Khazen, has declared that no one knows for sure who is the author of the kidnapping. ” We only know that the monastery was sacked on October 6, and others in the village are hidden. Among the hostages there is youth, both boys and girls,” says Khazen quoted by Catholic news agency Fides. A group of Franciscan nuns took refuge in the village houses, the Custody accurate in its statement. Fides explains that the Holy Land has been present in the Orontes Valley for over 125 years and also the monastery, Franciscan Sisters manage a youth center, day care and outpatient.

In July 2013, a Syrian priest of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land died riddled with bullets after being evicted Gassabieh convent near Homs (south), while trying to defend the nuns residing on the premises. Local sources quoted by the BBC said the Islamist Front Nusra as perpetrators of the attack.

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