Syria’s Maalula nuns freed
Maalula nuns in an undisclosed location - AFP/File

JDEIDET YABUS, Syria: A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities, an AFP journalist said.

A monitoring group said the release was secured in exchange for some 150 women prisoners who were being held in Syria’s regime jails.

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