ROME Dec 17 An Italian and two other people
have been kidnapped in Syria, Italy's foreign ministry said on
The ministry said it would not provide any details on when
the kidnapping took place or on the nationalities of the two
other people in order to protect them.
All three worked at a steel plant near Latakia - Syria's
main port city, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
A ministry official told Reuters that they were kidnapped in
Tartus, the country's second largest port and about 90 km (56
miles) from Latakia.
Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said in the statement that he
was working with "all the facilities of the state involved" to
ensure the release of the kidnapped Italian.
Syria's 21-month civil war has claimed at least 40,000
lives. Italy is among several countries to have recognised
opposition forces, fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.