Syrian kidnappers release Lebanese hostage

August 25, 2012 12:54

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels released a Lebanese hostage who was among a group of Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims kidnapped after crossing into Syria from Turkey in May, a rebel source said.

The source said the release of Hussein Omar, the first hostage to be freed, was a "good will gesture".The kidnapping of the Shi'ite pilgrims inflamed tension in a country divided between friends and foes of the Syrian armed revolt against President Bashar Assad.

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