Nuns Freed After Three-Month Syria Ordeal

Image: Kidnapped nuns arrive at Jdeidet Yabus on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon
Kidnapped nuns 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. LOUAI BESHARA / AFP - Getty Images

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A group of nuns held by rebels in Syria for more than three months were released on Sunday and arrived back in Syria after traveling through Lebanon, officials and witnesses said.

The nuns arrived at a border crossing late on Sunday night and headed toward Damascus in a minibus. One witness counted 13 nuns and three other workers from their convent.

"I'm in good health, thank God," one of the nuns said by telephone.

Opposition sources said the release of the nuns had been agreed as part of a swap in which the government would free scores of women prisoners.

— Reuters

Freed nuns arrive at the Syrian border with Lebanon, early March 10, 2014.KHALED AL-HARIRI / Reuters