Syrian rebels 'kidnap Lebanese pilgrims'

Syrian rebels have kidnapped at least 13 Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The pilgrims were returning home from Iran when their bus was stopped by the Free Syria Army on the Turkish-Syrian border, families of the men said. The women were allowed to continue but the men were kidnapped, they said.

Angry relatives burned tires and blocked several streets in the southern Beirut suburb where most of the pilgrims live.

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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.