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August 25, 2012

Kuwait dragged into Lebanon's Kidnappings Fiasco!

August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012

Armed men driving a Green Mercedes kidnapped a Kuwaiti citizen in the Beqa' Valley, Eastern Lebanon, where Hezbollah maintains a strong presence. The Kuwaiti, later identified as Issam Al Houti, was spending the Summer with his Lebanese wife, near her village.
Kidnappings were on the rise in Lebanon. 95 days after the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese pilgrims in Northern Syria, and following the kidnapping of tribesman Hassan Mokdad in Damascus, Lebanese Eastern tribes launched a spate of kidnappings against Syrian workers and activists. The Mokdad tribe's military wing were behind the kidnappings which also targeted Turkish citizens in Beirut, but it is widely thought that Hezbollah has supported the Shiite tribe.
Gangs, mostly based in the lawless Beqa' valley, later joined the action to cash-in on ransoms. These gangsters usually demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for the release of their carefully-picked victims.  

According to Lebanon's National News Agency, the kidnappers took their Kuwaiti Victim to Baalback, a Hezbollah strong hold. The area is also notorious for drug trade, crime and lawlessness. Kuwait has been outspoken in its support to Syria's rebels. Lately, Shi


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