Kidnapper of 11 Pilgrims: Lebanese Politicians Must Recognize Syrian Revolutionإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Kidnapper of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims, Abou Ibrahim, stated on Thursday that the captives would be “released very soon, God willing,” reported LBCI television.
He told the television station: “We want Lebanese politicians to officially recognize the Syrian revolution in order to release the pilgrims.”
He suggested that they make the acknowledgement through the media, adding that Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah did not offer the apology that was demanded of him.
Nasrallah was demanded to apologize for a May 25 speech addressed to the kidnappers in which he said that his party would not change its position concerning the conflict in Syria, declaring: "If this kidnapping is aimed at putting pressure on our political position, it's a waste of time."
Abou Ibrahim stressed that the captives had been his “guests since day one of their abduction.”
“We wanted to send a message to the Lebanese people on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s actions against us,” he continued to LBCI.
On claims that the captives may be handed over to MP Oqab Saqr, he said: “I have not held negotiations with Saqr, but it is possible to hand over the pilgrims to him.”
“A decision in this matter will be taken later,” he revealed.
On Wednesday, the pilgrims were allowed to contact their loved ones by telephone.
Al-Jadeed television also managed to get a film crew to the pilgrims’ location in Aazaz in Aleppo where they were allowed to telephone their families.
The captives reassured their families that they are doing well and that they were being well taken care of.
One of them asked the Lebanese people to demonstrate outside the Syrian embassy in Beirut and block the airport road to protest the failure to ensure their release.
Also on Wednesday, acting Information Minister Wael Abou Faour stated that efforts are underway between President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati to ensure their release.