Rights group: Italian priest missing in Syria may be alive

By REUTERS
August 19, 2013 14:15

BEIRUT - An Italian Jesuit priest who disappeared last month in eastern Syria may still be alive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday, almost a week after it said he had been killed by al-Qaida-linked rebels.

The British-based monitoring group cited sources close to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) disputing assertions by local activists - and reported by the observatory - that Father Paolo Dall'Oglio had been killed while in the custody of the Islamist ISIL rebels.

Dall'Oglio, who supports the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad, disappeared in the rebel-held city of Raqqa on July 29. Activists initially said he was kidnapped by ISIL fighters, although some later said he had met them to negotiate a truce with Kurdish brigades.


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