Foreign-backed insurgents in Syria have threatened to kill all of the 48 Iranian nationals whom they abducted in August if Damascus does not comply with their demands. Members of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Damascus issued the death threat in a video aired by the Saudi-owned television network Al-Arabiya on Friday, Today’s Zaman reported.
The insurgents said they would kill the abductees if the Syrian government does not release captured anti-government insurgents and if it does not stop operations against armed groups in the country within 48 hours.On August 4, 48 Iranians who were travelling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) on the outskirts of the Syrian capital were kidnapped by insurgents. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians travel to Syria every year to visit the Shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) in Damascus. Iran has appealed to the United Nations, Turkey, and Qatar to make efforts to obtain the release of the Iranian nationals. MHB/HGL