Abducted Iranian drivers released in Syria

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Akashma Online News

Three abducted Iranian drivers released in Syria: Informed source
Original Source Press TV

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011. (File photo)

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011. (File photo)
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:21PM GMT
Three Iranian truck drivers who had been abducted by the Syrian insurgents over four months ago have been released, an informed source in the Iranian Embassy in Damascus says.

The source told IRNA on Thursday that the Iranians had been freed during a Syrian Army operation against the insurgents, adding that the drivers have been reunited with their families.

The truck drivers, identified as Morteza Adeli, Hossein Alinejad, and Ismail Mohammad Zeinali, were kidnapped on May 21 in Syria after entering into the Arab country via its border with Turkey. They were carrying equipment for a refinery in the city of Homs.

The source said efforts are also ongoing in Iran’s Embassy to secure the release of the remaining Iranians abducted in Syria.

Among the Iranians held by Syrian insurgents are forty-eight pilgrims who were abducted on August 4 while traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011.

Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ and says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside. It criticizes certain Western and regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, for arming and funding the insurgents.

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