Syrian Troops Kidnap Citizen in Akkarإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Syrian troops crossed over into Lebanon Wednesday night and kidnapped a Lebanese citizen, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Thursday.
It said that Syrian border guards crossed the Kabir River near the town of al-Abboudiyeh in Akkar and abducted Mohammed Mahmoud Ibrahim.
He has since been taken to Syrian territory.
Tensions have mounted in the town over al-Ibrahim’s fate and its residents have issued calls for his release.
Members of his family have since blocked in protest the international road leading to Syria at al-Abboudiyeh, reported the National News Agency.
They threatened to maintain the protest and escalate their action until the abductee is freed.
They demanded that the Lebanese authorities intervene to stop what they called “Syria’s repeated violations” against Lebanon.
Also on Wednesday, a 70-year-old Lebanese woman was killed in a cross-border fire in eastern Lebanon’s al-Qaa village, the National News Agency reported.
Halima Suleiman Krombi was shot in the head and taken to Hermel state hospital, NNA said. But she later died from her wounds.
While the agency did not name the side that opened fire on the woman, other media reports said Syrian troops were behind the cross-border fire that also injured her daughter.
Last month, al-Jadeed TV cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed by gunfire from Syrian troops across the border in the northern Wadi Khaled area.
In January, Syrian forces kidnapped three Lebanese fishermen off the coast of the northern border town of al-Arida.
It killed one of them and returned the other two hours after they were abducted.