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Nuns held by Syrian rebels arrive in Damascus

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:31

March 10 - New amateur video shows Syrian nuns being released by their captors after being held for three months. Meanwhile, the nuns return to Damascus. Nathan Frandino reports.

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New amateur video shows a group of nuns saying goodbye to their Jihadist captors after three months in captivity. The rebels released the nuns Sunday from a location said to be in the Christian town of Maaloula north of Damascus. The nuns appeared relieved and even jovial at times, yet some showed faces of exhaustion. Reuters cannot independently verify the video, which was posted on a social media website. Meanwhile, the nuns arrived Monday afternoon at an orphanage in Damascus. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED RELEASED NUN, SAYING: "I want to tell my family that we are fine. We've missed seeing you. We've missed seeing you." The Syrian Greek Orthodox Bishop said the nuns underwent health evaluations as soon as they arrived. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOP LOUKA AL-KHOURY, SAYING: "Thank God their health is good in general. We brought them a doctor to examine them and everything was good. As for those who are taking medicines they are still taking them. Because the man in whose house they were staying in Yabroud brought them everything; their medicines and everything useful for them." The nuns were among a little over 150 prisoners released by Syrian rebels.

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Nuns held by Syrian rebels arrive in Damascus

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:31