Nuns held by Syrian rebels released after three months

A convoy believed to be carrying newly-released nuns, who were held by rebels in Syria. Credit: Reuters

A dozen nuns held in Syria for more than three months have been released and are on their way to Damascus via Lebanon, a Lebanese security source has told Reuters.

The nuns went missing in December after Islamist fighters took the ancient quarter of the Christian town of Maaloula north of Damascus.