The Iranian embassy in Damascus announced today that five Iranians have been kidnapped in the Syrian city of Homs, the epicenter of the uprising in the country. The embassy has demanded their immediate release.
“The five were kidnapped on Wednesday at 0630 a.m. while heading to their work place .We demand their immediate release,” said the statement issued by the embassy in Damascus [Mehr News Agency, 21 December].
Syria’s state news agency SANA earlier today had identified the kidnapped Iranian as engineers who along with three other foreign technicians disappeared while heading to their work at a power plant in Homs province.
Iran is the closest regional ally of the faltering Syrian government. It was not clear, however, if the relations between the two countries were a factor in today's kidnappings.