World Bulletin / News Desk
A Syrian rebel commander told Reuters on Sunday that 11 kidnapped Lebanese Shi'ites are staying in air-conditioned rooms and are in good health but will not be released until President Bashar al-Assad leaves power and a new parliament is elected.
"Their health is good and they're fine and they're eating and drinking well, staying in a farm with full comfort and air conditioning, and they're alive," Abu Omar, commander of the Storm of the North brigade, told Reuters at the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey, which his men had overrun on Sunday.
The Lebanese hostages were on a bus that was stopped by gunmen on May 22 as it crossed into northern Syria from Turkey on its way home from a visit to Iran. The gunmen released the women and kept the men.
Abu Omar said he was in charge of rebel forces in the northern Syrian Azaz region.
Discovery, confirmed by Egypt's oil ministry, could hold a potential 850 billion cubic metres of lean gas in an area of about 100 square kilometres
Main aim of Turkey's joint air operations in anti-ISIL coalition is creation of safety zone in northern Syria
Al Jazeera journalists case has stoked international outcry, raised questions over Egypt's stated commitment to democracy
Local authorities find bodies of at least 119 would-be migrants who appear to have drowned while trying to make it to Europe
Local residents say anti-Houthi forces kill dozens bottling plant workers
Authorities say residents of nearby towers were evacuated as helicopters took part in the firefighting operations
Iran's president Rouhani very hopeful about strengthening ties with China
President Hadi says Iran 'is present now in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon'
People hitting streets want Beirut administration to come up with 'trash crisis' solution shortly
Demonstrations include Palestinian Christians, who decried ‘Israel's seizure of Islamic, Christian institutions’
Pro-Hadi source attributes ‘tactical retreat’ from Al-Dabab Mountain region to dwindling military supplies
Leaders around the world have reacted angrily to the prison sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists who were sentenced to three years prison earlier on Saturday
Beirut braces for a massive rally Saturday set to denounce the country’s political class and demand overdue parliamentary elections.
A homemade bomb has shaken the village of Karana, Bahrain with an official suspecting links to Iran with the materials used similar to a cache of explosives that were seized last month
Missile Attacks and bomb blast leaves 4 dead and at least 19 injured in Homs
An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years prison