BEIRUT: There is no clear information regarding the whereabouts of two bishops abducted in Syria earlier this year, Lebanese Bishop Boulos Sayyah said a day after Syria’s grand mufti claimed the prelates were in Turkey.
“There has been no clear information about the two abducted bishops in Syria, Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim, since they were kidnapped," Sayyah told al-Mada radio station Monday.
“Even Qatar does not have a clear picture of the abductors and what they asking for in exchange for the bishops' release,” he added.
Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were abducted in April by armed men while en route to the northern Syrian city from the Turkish border.
Reports had placed the bishops in the hands of a small group of rebels in the town of Bshaqtin, 20 kilometers northwest of Aleppo, but Syria’s Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun said Sunday that they were in Turkey.
Qatar has recently vowed to help resolve the case of the abducted bishops and try to secure their release.
Sayyah regretted that “the bishops were kidnapped and all these states supporting gunmen are unable to determine their fate.”
“The kidnappers have a state backing them and it is the duty of this state to work for revealing the fate of the bishops,” he added.