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Iran's Deputy FM: Abducted Iranias in good health

Iran Materials 26 December 2011 11:05 (UTC +04:00)
Seven Iranian technicians who were recently abducted, are in good health, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.
Iran's Deputy FM: Abducted Iranias in good health

Seven Iranian technicians who were recently abducted, are in good health, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, Press TV reported.

Late on Sunday, Amir-Abdollahian assured media outlets of the health condition of the Iranian electric engineers and technicians, who were kidnapped in the restive Syrian city of Homs in western part of the country by unknown armed gunmen on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem assured Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi that Damascus would do its best to find the abducted Iranians in the shortest possible time and send them back to their families.

On Wednesday, Dec. 21, eight technicians, including five Iranian electrical engineers, were kidnapped on their way to a power plant. Two more Iranian specialists, who were trying to clarify the fate of the five abducted engineers, have been also kidnapped and there has been no immediate report on their whereabouts.

Iran's Embassy in Damascus has issued a statement, calling on the Syrian government to take immediate action for the release of the abductees and identify the kidnappers. The technicians have been building the city's Jandar power plant for the past two years.

Iranian engineers and experts are currently implementing development projects in Syria, valued at more than USD 1.7 billion.

Homs has been the scene of unrest that began in mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of President Bashar al-Assad. Armed gangs have recently kidnapped many Syrian civilians and security forces in the city.

Edited by: S. Isayev

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