'Mammy I want you to come': abducted Irish girl's tearful plea
The aunt of a Irish girl who has been abducted by her Syrian father has spoken of the family's torment over what has happened.
Six-year-old May Assad Monaghan, who is orginally from Swords in Dublin, was abducted from her home in Limassol in Cyprus by her father on Wednesday.
Mustafa Assad has since taken his daughter to Syria.
"May's mother Louise is distraught. She wants her baby home," Mandy Monaghan told the John Murray Show on RTE this morning.
Since arriving in Syria, Assad, who is divorced from May's mother, has been in contact with Louise and allowed her to speak to May on the phone.
"May was crying, saying 'Mammy I want you to come'. Mustafa told Louise he wants her to come and live a Muslim life in Syria with him and May."
May was due to start a Catholic school on Wednesday and her family believe this is why he abducted her.
"This is what threw him over the edge. He swore he would never allow his daughter to be brought up a Catholic."
Mandy said the family were concerned for May's safety as Assad has told Louise not to contact the police.
"He said if she did she would never see May again."
The Department of Foreign Affairs is offering the family assistance.