Lebanon News

E. Lebanon gunmen kidnap two men

A general view of the eastern Bekaa village of Brital, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Rakan al-Fakih/The Daily Star)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: Gunmen from the Lebanese town of Brital released two men from a Bedouin tribe in the Bekaa Valley Sunday after they had been allegedly kidnapped as revenge for a previous abduction.

Fadi and Hasan Hsheish, who come from the town of al-Faour in the central Bekaa, were abducted Sunday morning in the area of Taybeh, on the road linking Baalbek to Riyaq, a security source told The Daily Star.

The kidnappers asked for the release of another person allegedly taken hostage in the town of Majdal Anjar in return for the release of the two captives.

The two men were released hours later, according to another security source who could not confirm that any ransom was paid.

The kidnapping enraged residents in the nearby town of Saadnayel, who blocked the town’s main road in protest.

The incident has revived fears that sectarian tit-for-tat kidnappings that previously occured in east Lebanon last September could happen again.

Brital’s residents are mostly Shiite Muslims, while reisdents of al-Faour and Saadnayel are mostly Sunni.

 

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