Zgheib: No Decision Taken by Families of Abducted Pilgrims to Rally in Front of Syria, Iran Embassies

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The key to resolving the abduction of the Lebanese pilgrims in Syria lies in Turkey's hands, not Syria and Iran, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.

Sheikh Abbas Zgheib, who has been tasked by the Higher Islamic Shiite Council to follow up the case, told the daily: “The families of the pilgrims have not yet taken the decision to stage a protest in front of the Syrian and Iranian Embassies in Beirut.”

The pilgrims had recently requested that their families hold the rallies in front of the embassies.

“Such a protest will not benefit the cause because Damascus and Tehran do not play an influential role in the case,” he explained.

“Only Turkey plays an influential role in the affair,” he stressed.

“If the Syrian opposition believes that Iran is taking part in the Syrian crisis, then how can an enemy interfere in the case of the pilgrims?” Zgheib asked.

“This is not a reasonable request and if the families do comply with it, then they will be doing so for emotional reasons, not sound ones,” he added.

He therefore urged Turkey to resolve this issue “in order to maintain normal ties with Lebanon.”

The nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted in Syria had telephoned their families, urging them to demonstrate in front of the Iranian and Syrian embassies in Beirut, media reports said on Friday.

“I talked to (abductee) Ali Zgheib and everyone (of the abductees) spoke with his family and they said they're in good health,” Awad Ibrahim -- who was freed in September after being kidnapped with the group in May -- told LBCI television.

“The families were surprised at 5:30 p.m. when they received phone calls from their relatives,” MTV reported, adding that “each conversation lasted two hours and at the end of the conversation the abductees asked their families to demonstrate outside the Iranian and Syrian embassies.”

The TV network quoted the families as saying that the objective behind such protests is to push for the expulsion of Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali “because he has not yet defected” from the regime and to condemn Tehran's policies in Syria “where the Revolutionary Guard is taking part in repressing the protests.”

Eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims were kidnapped by an armed group calling itself the Northern Storm Brigade in the Aleppo town of Aazaz on May 22 as they were returning home from a pilgrimage in Iran.

One abductee was released in August in what his captors said was a “goodwill” gesture, while Ibrahim was released in September.

The kidnappers have repeatedly linked the release of the Lebanese captives to Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a close ally of the Syrian regime, apologizing over his stances on the Syrian revolt.

Comments 20
Missing mohammad_ca 11 November 2012, 12:05

I see nothing wrong with these demands...and nsrocrap should apologize and pull his fighters out of Syria

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 11:37

I see nothing wrong with the demands ya ghabi...do you see anything wrong with hizbollaat fighters from nabatiyeh fighting in Syria?

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 12:11

uh oh you're changing nasrallaat's story he said the fighters were FROM the villages themselves so howcome we're seeing them buried in Nabatiyeh etc. Allah la yr7amon w byestehlo kol rsasah btijeehon. As for kidnapping civilians, we did NOT see nasrallaat or any shia official come out and condemn the miqdads when they kidnapped so why should we expect these guys to?

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 12:17

btw ironic to see you criticize FSA's funding when hizbollat's main funding is from Iran...

Missing gabby8 11 November 2012, 18:18

Why didn't the Shia protest over the Christians and Sunnis held captive for 30 years? They have only been held a few months and aren't being tortured like the ASSad's did to the others. If the Hezz and Iran were not helping in the war they wouldn't have people prisoner there now.

Nasrallah won't apologize for senting murderers to Syria, so the FSA won't let them go. Let their mothers cry all they want. They are correct protesting in fron of the Syrian and Iranian embassies. Turkey has nothing to do with it. that is typical Hezz type propaganda.

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 11:39

hizbollaaat fighters are already involved nasrallaat already admitted that

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 12:14

Nabatiyeh is a border village? I can't wait till the snake's head is smashed...namely bisho...

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 15:16

OK Sherlock so what is a hizbollaat fighter from Nabatiyeh doing fighting in Syria then?

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 16:01

lied about above....so all those that are dying were simply living in these villages and suddenly decided to "defend" when the attacks came... is this what you are trying to convince us? Usually people move from villages to cities not the other way around...

Missing chouf2 11 November 2012, 23:24

What about our other prisoners don’t they count ?

Missing gabby8 12 November 2012, 02:08

Tell the glorious Hezz to go in and save them!! Oh wait they are getting ready for a battlefield defeat at the hands of the rag tag FSA. A real peoples resistance.

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 11:39

they're fighting for their freedom...hizbollaat fighters are fighting to protect a foreign dictator...who is noble now?

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 12:14

"countless documents" ...and he speaks of fairytales... 30000 systematically killed by ASSad et al and he is talking about fringe crimes. Compared tot he systematic murders committed by ASSad et al these crimes pale in comparison. Yalla send more fighters to their death for this "noble" cause of protecting bashar...

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 12:15

eh la walaw....toqya doesn't exist in their dictionary...

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 15:22

yes of course the prestigious news services of the world pale in comparison to Manar and Dunya....retard.

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 15:36

it's not just about denying faith it is about committing otherwise illegal acts [not just about denying faith]. I never said fake apology. I said apologize and pull out your fighters....you're so keen on lying you're even pinning it on others good job! you'll attain sayyedship in no time...

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 15:43

wow you know about youtube? hey send links towards nasrocrap as apparently he always thought that nothing was going on in Homs...his peeps told him so...

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 15:59

see note above.

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 16:24

well heck you don't even need the facts your sayyed tells them to you..did you create a youtube account for him yet?

Missing mohammad_ca 12 November 2012, 16:50

now who's running away from answering the tough questions...tsk tsk tsk...