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Lebanese family abducts 26 people in retaliation for relative' detention

(Xinhua)

13:13, August 16, 2012

BEIRUT, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Lebanese family said Wednesday that it has kidnapped more than 26 Free Syrian Army (FSA) members, including a Turk, in Lebanon in retaliation for their son's abduction, the National News Agency reported.

The spokesman of the powerful family in Lebanon claimed that there is a Turk among the abducted, saying "we may take escalated measures depending on the latest developments," according to NNA and LBCI TV channel.

LBCI broadcast images of the passport of the Turk kidnapped by the family of Hassan Salim al-Meqdad, who was alledgedly being held by the Syrian rebels.

In turn, the Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded the Lebanese government provide information on the Turkish national, according to al-Jadeed TV.

The family also held Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey responsible for their kinsman's abduction, as they think those countries are supporters of the Syrian opposition.

Reportedly, the FSA detained Hassan Salim al-Meqdad in Damascus allegedly over his link to Hezbollah. However, Hezbollah has denied such a connection in a statement issued on Tuesday, so has al-Meqdad's family.

Sources said the security measures near the Turkish, Qatari and Saudi embassies in Beirut have intensified in the aftermath of the abduction, according to LBCI.
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