Tue May 22, 2012 4:59PM
Armed rebels stand at the entrance to the north Syrian city of Binnish on February 15, 2012.

Armed rebels stand at the entrance to the north Syrian city of Binnish on February 15, 2012.

Anti-Syrian government armed gangs have kidnapped at least 13 Lebanese pilgrims as the country is still grappling with the ongoing violence, Press TV reports. The men were abducted in the Syrian city of Aleppo while they were returning to Lebanon from a pilgrimage in Iran. The abductees, who were travelling by land, were still on the Syrian-Turkish border when they were kidnapped. The armed gangs allegedly hijacked their bus, then kidnapped the men and released the women. There is no more information about the location of the abductees. Crisis-hit Syria has been the scene of killings, explosions, and abductions over the past year. Foreign-backed armed groups carry out terrorist operations in the country since the unrest began in March 2011. The Syrian government says ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' are behind the unrest, adding that the violence is being orchestrated from abroad. AGB/JR/IS
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