Syria releases fourth Egyptian after one-week detention

The Egyptian Embassy in Damascus said Syrian authorities released on Sunday an Egyptian called Nabil al-Barbari who was arrested in Damascus a week ago.

A car trader, al-Barbari is the fourth Egyptian to be detained during the protests in Syria that started a month ago.

Al-Barbari’s family informed the Egyptian consul Mohamed al-Fayoumi of his disappearance and said they had been unable to contact him for a week before he was arrested in Damascus.

Egyptian state-run news agency MENA quoted Egyptian ambassador to Syria Shawqi Ismail as saying he was informed of al-Barbari's release early on Sunday. Ismail mentioned good relationships between the two countries and said embassy officials will help facilitate al-Barbari’s return to Egypt.

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