Nuns held in Syria have been freed - security source

by Reuters
Sunday, 9 March 2014 14:10 GMT

BEIRUT, March 9 (Reuters) - About a dozen nuns held in Syria for more than three months have been released and are on their way to Damascus via Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.

The source said the nuns had been transferred to the Lebanese town of Arsal earlier in the week and were on their way to Syria on Sunday.

The nuns went missing in December after Islamist fighters took the ancient quarter of the Christian town of Maaloula north of Damascus.

(Writing by Alexander Dziadosz and Sami Aboudi; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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