ICRC says working on contact with Lebanese hostages

August 2, 2012 15:02


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BEIRUT - The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it was ready to help establish contact between Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims taken hostage in Syria and their families.

The ICRC said it had been approached by the families of the hostages, kidnapped in May by Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

The kidnappers have accused some of the 11 hostages, who were taken as they crossed into Syria from Turkey, of helping to put down their uprising against Assad. They had previously said talks for the men's release would not start until they received an apology from Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

"The ICRC for one would act only on direct request of the families," the head of the ICRC delegation in Lebanon, Jurg Montani, told Reuters.

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