Syria rebels free kidnapped nuns

Mar 10, 2014, 2:13 AM EDT
uns kidnapped in December by Syrian rebels arrive at Jdeidet Yabus on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon after an arduous nine-hour journey that took them from Yabrud into Lebanon, and then back into Syria on March 10, 2014.
AFP/Louai Beshara

A group of Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula in December have been released. The 13 nuns and their three helpers were said to have been freed as part of a prisoner exchange. The women have been taken to the town of Judaydat Yabus on the Syrian-Lebanon border, Lebanese state media reported.
Syria crisis: Kidnapped nuns released in prisoner deal [BBC]
Reports: 13 nuns freed by kidnappers in Syria [CNN]