BEIRUT: Lebanon’s General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim vowed in remarks published Tuesday to work on resolving the case of hundreds of Lebanese detained in Syria and the thousands who went missing during the Lebanese Civil War.
“I assumed the responsibility... of reopening the file of the missing and detained Lebanese in Syrian prisons,” he told As-Safir newspaper.
Around 600 Lebanese are being held in Syrian prisons and eyewitness accounts and documents have indicated that many are still alive while the fate of thousands of Lebanese who disappeared since Lebanon’s 1975-90 bloody war remains unknown.
Ibrahim also said that he had promised Lebanese political and religious officials to seek the release of the bishops who were kidnapped in Syria more than six months ago.
Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men while en route to Aleppo from the Turkish border.
Ibrahim played a key role in the recent release of nine Lebanese pilgrims who were held captive by Syrian rebels for over a year.
The senior official described the release of the hostages as “an achievement for every Lebanese citizen and not any particular sect or group.”