Lebanese clan says abducts Syrians, seek relative's release

August 15, 2012 13:58

BEIRUT - A prominent Shi'ite Muslim clan in Lebanon has abducted several Syrians it says are rebel fighters in retaliation for the kidnapping of one of their relatives by the rebel Free Syrian Army in Damascus, a family member said on Wednesday.

Maher al-Meqdad said more than 20 Syrians had been seized overnight in Lebanon, including a lieutenant who deserted from Syrian President Bashar Assad's army to join the rebels, but those who were not FSA members had been freed.He gave no details of how or where the men were abducted, but the family was expected to make an announcement later on Wednesday.

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