Saudi citizen kidnapped in Lebanon

2017-11-11 09:34:58 GMT2017-11-11 17:34:58(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIRUT, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Saudi national was kidnapped in the vicinity of the Keserwan locality of Adma in Lebanon, the National News Agency (NNA) reported on Friday.

Ali al-Bishrawi, 32 years old, was lured away from his residence on Thursday night and had been missing since then, according to NNA.

His wife, who is a Syrian national, filed earlier a missing person report, after she received an anonymous phone call demanding a ransom.

Authorities have launched investigations into the case.

The Saudi Embassy in Lebanon called for the release of the kidnapped citizen.

The embassy confirmed it had "contacted Lebanese security authorities at the highest level to assist to secure the release of the kidnapped citizen unconditionally and as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that his country would not tolerate people who exploit the current political crisis to disrupt Lebanon's stability.

"The safety and security of Saudi citizens and all Arab and foreign nationals is a priority for Lebanese authorities," said the minister on Twitter.

The abduction came after tensions rose between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon following the sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi last week.

 

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