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Lebanon: A Saudi citizen was kidnapped in Beirut and a ransom was demanded


A Saudi citizen was kidnapped in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, according to the official Saudi Al-Ekhbariya channel, while the Lebanese Interior Minister, Bassam Mawlawi, confirmed that the Lebanese authorities are working to free him from his kidnappers, who demanded a ransom.

Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi announced that a Saudi citizen had been kidnapped in Beirut, considering that the incident “affects” relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

And in a tweet released by the minister, he said: “We have been following up with the Information Division of the Internal Security Forces since yesterday the issue of the kidnapping of a Saudi citizen in Beirut,” indicating that the ministry is “in contact with the smallest details” with the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Walid Al-Bukhari, without giving more details about today. Where the kidnapping took place or the circumstances behind it.

Mawlawi continued, “What happened affects Lebanon’s relationship with its brothers, and the perpetrators will be severely punished.”

A prominent security source told AFP that the preliminary information available indicated that the Saudi was kidnapped by unknown persons in the clothes of security personnel in a four-wheel drive car at the Beirut waterfront, where he was in a restaurant.

He pointed out that the kidnappers were camouflaged by using his phone, which was monitored in various areas in and around Beirut, without any information being available about their identity.

He explained that the kidnapping was carried out in a professional manner, in a method adopted for the first time since the civil war (1975-1990), in terms of the kidnapping of foreign nationals by impersonators of security men.

The Saudi news channel indicated that the kidnappers demanded a ransom.

Although the incident is not the first, in recent years Lebanon has rarely witnessed kidnappings of Arab or foreign nationals.

The last similar incident dates back to July 2022, when a Saudi was kidnapped upon his arrival at Beirut airport.

In April 2022, the Saudi ambassador returned to Beirut, more than five months after he was summoned to Riyadh, following an acute diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and the Gulf states, especially due to the growing influence of Hezbollah, which is loyal to Iran.

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