DAMASCUS – Syrian Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs has said that thousands of Syrians have been kidnapped by armed terrorist groups and the number continues to increase.
"We do not have the exact numbers. Thousands [have been kidnapped by the militants], and the number keeps growing. All estimates are approximate," Haidar told Sputnik news agency
He noted that the exchange of prisoners for kidnapped residents was one of the options, referring to last week's Syrian media reports that Damascus was considering an agreement with armed groups on the exchange of kidnapped civilians for jailed militants.
"But in this case, we should be talking about the intentions of the kidnappers and militants, not the government, which is always willing [to solve this issue]," Haidar added, according to the agency.