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Nephews of Syria vice president arrested: NGO
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says authorities arrested two nephews of VP Faruq Al-Sharaa
AFP Ahram Online, Thursday 20 Dec 2012
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Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa talks to journalists during a joint press conference in Rome, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007 (Photo: AP)

Two nephews of Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa have been arrested along with five of their friends over their support for political change, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

"University professor Zaydun Zohbi, 38, and his brother Suhaib, who are nephews of Faruq al-Sharaa, and five of their friends, activists in favour of peaceful change in Syria, were arrested at a cafe on December 15 by members of the military intelligence," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory, which depends on a large network of activists and doctors across Syria for its information, demanded their "immediate" release and that of "all civilian and military prisoners".

The arrests come after the vice president said in comments published on Monday that he favours a negotiated solution to Syria's bloody uprising, a position at odds with President Bashar al-Assad.

Sharaa, the most prominent Sunni Muslim official in the Alawite minority dominated regime of Assad, also told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar that a clear winner was unlikely to emerge from the conflict.

The Centre for Documentation of Violations in Syria, which is close to the opposition, says there are nearly 35,000 people held in jails across the war-torn country by the Assad regime.

Sharaa, 74, has served the regime for decades, both under Assad and his father and predecessor Hafez, but has been seen in public only a few times since the uprising erupted in March 2011. 





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