Minister: Lebanese hostages now crossed into Turkey

May 26, 2012 00:46

BEIRUT - Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said on Friday that freed Lebanese hostages in Syria had crossed safely into Turkey.

"The latest information that we have received is that they are in good health and now crossed into Turkey," he told reporters at the airport who were waiting for the plane carrying the freed hostages. He said they would arrive in Beirut "within two or three hours".

The Lebanese hostages, who are Shi'ites, were kidnapped by Syrian Sunni rebels, raising fears that sectarian tensions and violence in Syria's uprising could spill over into neighboring Lebanon.

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