The nuns said in the video released by Al-Jazeera that fierce shelling had forced them to leave the convent.(The Daily Star/Al-Jazeera TV)
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The mayor of Arsal, a northeastern Lebanese town bordering Syria's Qalamoun, said Monday is helping with mediation efforts between Qatar and the Syrian opposition to help secure the release of 13 nuns seized by a rebel group.Hujeiri said he received a Qatari delegation earlier this month at his residence in Arsal to discuss the case of the nuns in Syria and that he had recently dispatched his own delegation to Syria to negotiate with the opposition.Thirteen nuns were taken by Syrian rebels from their convent in the historic Syrian town of Maaloula in December. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of General Security, has been tasked with the case of the nuns after his successful efforts last year at securing the release of nine Shiite Lebanese men who were kidnapped in Syria by a rebel group.
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