Western spies in Syria behind abduction of archbishops: Moaz al-Khatib

Press TV — April 24, 2013

The former leader of Syria’s opposition National Coalition Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib says Western spies currently active inside Syria were behind the recent abduction of two archbishops in Aleppo.

According to Khatib, tens of Western spy agencies are currently active in Syria, reports show.

The reports also added that the former head of the opposition has claimed that it was also possible for a foreign intelligence agency to be working in Syria to instigate more tension in the country.

He said that those responsible for the abduction of the archbishops are trying to add to the unrest in Syria.

Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Paul Yazigi were abducted as they were reportedly carrying out humanitarian work in a village in Aleppo governorate on Monday.

According to Aleppo residents, Ibrahim went to pick up Yazigi from the rebel-controlled Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey. Their car was intercepted on the way back by militants who kidnapped the archbishops and killed their driver. The two were later released on Tuesday.

Khatib submitted his resignation in March, in protest against the institutional limitations of the foreign-backed body.

On Monday, George Sabra was named the caretaker of Syria’s opposition National Coalition.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

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