US Held Responsible

An unconfirmed report from the rebels has suggested that three of the 48 hostages they are holding have been killed by army shelling.

Mr Jalili, who heads Iran’s supreme national Security Council and is considered a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had travelled to Damascus from Lebanon.

He said “kidnapping innocent people is not acceptable anywhere”.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has said it holds the US responsible for the hostages’ safety.

He said the US was supporting “terrorist groups” and despatching weapons to Syria, and was therefore responsible for the lives of those abducted.The rebels have claimed that the group are members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Tehran says they are pilgrims who had been heading for a Shia religious site.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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