|Nuns freed after hostage ordeal arrive in Damascus||| Print ||
|Written by Associated Press|
|Monday, 10 March 2014 06:18|
DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency says that Greek Orthodox nuns who were freed Monday after being held hostage for months by al-Qaida linked Syrian rebels have arrived in Damascus.
The agency said that the 13 nuns reached the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Qassaa in the Syrian capital to a popular welcome by residents.
The nuns were released early Monday in a rare deal between the Syrian government and rebels of the Nusra Front. About 150 imprisoned Syrian women will be released in exchange for the nuns' freedom.
The nuns, along with 3 other women, were taken from their convent in the Christian-dominated town of Maaloula during clashes in December.
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