Lebanese sisters freed from Nusra captivity in Hezbollah swap
Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped by al-Nusra Front arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after a secret deal with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
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Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped in May by Nusra Front militants in northern Syria arrived at Beirut International Airport Tuesday in a secret swap deal that involved Hezbollah.
“The sisters were released as part of a secret swap deal,” Hezbollah MP Nawar Sahili told reporters at the airport.
He would not reveal details of the negotiations, saying “secrecy is the key to success.”
Sahili hailed General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim for his efforts to secure the release of the sisters, Nibal and Houriya Abdeen.
A source at Beirut Airport said the sisters arrived from Istanbul.
They were abducted while trying to return to Lebanon from a visit to their sister, who is married to a Syrian man and lives in Aleppo.
The sisters are natives of the east Lebanon village of Hermel. Nibal and Houriya were kidnapped after they left the house of their third sister, Nidal, in the Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo.
They had had spent two weeks at Nidal's house. Lebanese television channel al-Jadeed said at the time the militants wanted to negotiate their release with Hezbollah directly.