The Custody of the Holy Land has announced that Iraqi Priest Fr. Dhiya Azziz has been liberated from captivity in Syria.
The Custody had no news of Father Dihya since he was taken on Saturday, July 4th and conflicting news had nevertheless led people to believe that he had been taken by Jihadists affiliated to Al-Nusra, which administers the emirate in the sector.
This group has denied any involvement in his kidnapping and allegedly helped the police investigations in neighbouring villages which led to his liberation.
Fr. Dhiya was allegedly abducted by another group Jihadists eager to profit on his release. In the region, there are a plethora of groups that operate with varied interests.
He was allegedly treated well during his kidnapping.
The Custody of the Holy Land thanks those around the world who prayed for a successful outcome to this trial that Fr. Dhiya has endured, as well as the faithful of Yacoubieh, of which he is the pastor, his religious family and his family back in Iraq.
The Custody does not forget that other religious are still missing in Syria and it invites everyone to continue praying for peace in Iraq and Syria.