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Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by Syrian rebel group.

Relatives of abducted Lebanese Shiite Muslim pilgrims - Photo Credit AFP File Joseph Eid

BEIRUT — A previously unknown armed group calling itself the “Syrian Revolutionaries — Aleppo Province” said on Thursday that it is holding a group of Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who went missing last week.

“The kidnapped Lebanese are being looked after by us and are in good health,” the group said in a statement received by Qatar-based satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.

“Negotiations for their release are possible as soon as (Hezbollah leader Hassan) Nasrallah apologises.

“Our problem is not with any particular community but with those who assist in the suppression of the uprising,” it added, in allusion to the 15-month revolt against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Shiite militant group, which is the leading force in the current ruling coalition in Beirut, has close relations with Assad’s regime and its Iranian ally.

Al-Jazeera showed images of men said to be…READ MORE HERE