Syria: Islamists Storm Church, Kidnap Nearly Two Dozen Christians
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‘On the night of October 5th, Father Hanna Jallouf of the Custody of the Holy Land, parish priest at Qunyeh, Syria, was taken by some brigades linked to Jabhat Al-Nusra,’ a statement from the Custody of the Holy Land said.
Following their capture, an unspecified number of Franciscan nuns had taken refuge with the villagers, it said.
Qunyeh is a village of several hundred people in Idlib province, and lies some eight kilometers from the Turkish border.
According to top Franciscan official Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, the 62-year-old priest was seized along with 20 villagers.
‘He has been kidnapped,’ he told AFP in Jerusalem, expressing deep concern over the fate of the priest, a Syrian who has worked in Qunyeh for 12 years after a posting in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
‘They are accusing them of being collaborators’ with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, he said, insisting that this was not true.
‘We don’t know what to do. We don’t know with whom to talk, we’re totally unable to get in touch with anyone,’ added Pizzaballa, the guardian of the Catholic Church’s sites in the Holy Land.
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