Pray for his safe return.

(AKI) – An Italian Jesuit priest who vanished in northern Syria last year, Paolo Dall’Oglio is detained in a prison run by Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reports.

Dall’Oglio, who disappeared in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa on 28 July last year, is being held in Sed Tishreen jail located in the surrounding province, the daily cited activists as saying on Tuesday.

There are currently “highly delicate” negotiations talking place between Syrian rebels and jihadists from ISIS for control of the prison, where Dall’Oglio and other prisoners including French journalists are being held, according to the activists.

The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the jihadist Al-Nusra Front have removed barriers erected around Sed Tishreen by their former ISIS allies between Raqqa province and the Turkish border, the activists claimed.

“The nex step should be to take control of Sed Tishreen, which is in ISIS hands, avoiding an assult in order to ensure the safety of its high-profile prisoners, the activists were quoted as telling Al-Hayat.