The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi slammed on Tuesday the reaction, or lack thereof, of governments and the international community in regards to the case of the abducted Bishops Boulos Yazigi and John Ibrahim, calling for taking "responsible" stances in this regard.
Separately, Patriarch Yazigi stressed the need to form a new government in Lebanon in a bid to avoid constitutional vacuum.
On April 22, Bishops Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church were kidnapped while they were traveling outside the northern city of Aleppo. Source here
Above image top left and top right: Metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo both of whom were kidnapped when the car they were travelling in was stopped by terrorist rebels in northern Aleppo province close to the Turkish border on 22nd of April last. The driver of the car, Deacon Fathallah Kabud was killed by the terrorists during the course of the kidnapping. The whereabouts of the archbishops remains unknown.
Above image lower left and lower right: Fr. Michael Kayal, Armenian Catholic Church and Fr. Maher Isaac Mahfouz, Antiochian Orthodox Church both of whom were kidnapped when the bus they were travelling on near Aleppo was stopped by terrorist rebels on 9th of February last. The whereabouts of the priests remains unknown.
There is much speculation as to whether the clergy have been killed or are still held in captivity. Many within the church both in Syria and the wider region have questioned the Western media’s relative silence with regard to these and so many other crimes committed by Western backed rebels. One recent report states that the kidnapped bishops may still be alvie.
Funeral service at the Syriac Orthodox church, Aleppo for the late Rev. Deacon Fathallah Kabud. He was acting as driver for the archbishops on the day of the kidnapping. He was killed by the terrorists during the course of events. The terrorists filmed the dead body and identity card of the late deacon and uploaded the footage to the internet with a narrative blaming the Government forces, a constant tactic used by many opposition rebels during the course of the current conflict.