Qabbani Urges Abductors of 11 Lebanese Pilgrims to Release them

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani urged on Saturday the abductors of the 11 Lebanese Shiites pilgrims to release them as soon as possible.

“We haven’t received any new information on the abducted men,” Qabbani said after holding a meeting with the families of the 11 men in the presence of AMAL and Hizbullah representatives.

He pointed out that the families of the abductees vowed not to obstruct the general life in the country, voicing his support to their demands.

Qabbani stated that he will exert his efforts until the 11 pilgrims are released.

The 11 Shiite pilgrims were abducted by gunmen in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on May 22 as they were returning from a pilgrimage to Iran.

The rebel Free Syrian Army has denied involvement.

No news has been heard of the men except for a video aired on al-Jazeera TV earlier this month in which the abductees claimed they were doing well.

Asked about the recent protests in Lebanon, he slammed all forms of demonstrations that disrupt life in Lebanon.

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