Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning breaking " Takla " Monastery in the town of Maloula and detaining head of the monastery " Blajaa Sayyaf " with a number of nuns who work in the monastery . According to Vatican Radio , 12 Orthodox nun were obliged to leave their monastery in the historic center of Maloula which was seized by militants in Syria . The radio quoted the papal ambassador in Syria Monsignor "Mario Zenara" that " 12 Syrian and Lebanese nun are missing ".
The papal ambassador said , "it seems that the jihadists took the nuns to Yabrood " adding " We don't know the reasons for this action committed by the militants ". He considered it " a kidnapping scheme to control the monastery in order to dominate Maloula ".
" Al-Mayadeen" Channel also confirmed the abduction of 16 Lebanese and Syrian nuns from ST Takla monastery to Yabrood .