BEIRUT: Samir Kassab, the Lebanese cameraman who is missing in Syria, could soon be coming home, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim told a local TV station in remarks aired Friday.
“There is a lot of hope in [the return of] Samir Kassab,” Ibrahim told Al-Jadeed TV while paying an official visit to the Qatari capital earlier this week with Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk.
“I am continuing my work on Kassab’s file and it will have a happy ending.” The Sky News Arabia cameraman disappeared in Syria last October. Ibrahim has already managed to broker deals to secure the release of 1 Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria in May 2012, as well as the Syrian and Lebanese nuns who were taken from the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula last year.
Ibrahim also emphasized that the file of two kidnapped bishops “has not been abandoned” and said efforts were underway to identify the kidnappers. “We almost know their identity by now.”
Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were abducted in April 2013 by gunmen while en route to the northern Syrian city from the Turkish border.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 14, 2014, on page 2.