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18:26 | 2012-12-11


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Iran Asks ICRC to Take Urgent Action to Release Abducted Pilgrims in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take immediate action to release the 48 Iranian pilgrims kidnapped in Syria in August.

Speaking at a meeting with Head of the ICRC mission in Iran Pierre Ryter, Boroujerdi appreciated the efforts the ICRC had made to release the Iranian Red Crescent Society's staff in Libya, and urged the ICRC to take "serious and urgent action to set the 48 abducted Iranian pilgrims in Syria free.

On Saturday, one of the 48 Iranian pilgrims was released, while the other 47 are still taken captive by the gunmen.

The released Iranian, Majid Adeli, is an employee of the cultural section of the Iranian Embassy in Damascus and was abducted along with 47 others in Zeinabiyah neighborhood of Damascus in August while they were on a pilgrimage trip.

The report did not provide any further details.

On August 4, armed insurgents in Syria kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims who were traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of Damascus.

The terrorist group which has kidnapped the Iranians threatened last month that they would execute their hostages unless Syria withdraws from the embattled Eastern Ghuta area of Damascus province.

It was the second time the rebels issued such a threat against the Iranian pilgrims.

The abductors later changed their mind and did not carry out their threat.

Iranian foreign ministry officials have stated that Tehran is using all its diplomatic, political and security capacities and means to release the 48 pilgrims.

Ever since the abductions took place, the Foreign Ministry and the Iranian embassy in Damascus have been pursuing the fate and release of the kidnapped Iranian nationals through different channels.