Taalabaya Road Blocked after Resident Briefly Held by al-Labweh Gunmen

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A resident of the Bekaa town of Taalabaya was briefly kidnapped on Sunday during unrest that erupted following a deadly incident in the barren mountains of Ras Baalbek in the Bekaa.

The abductee Mohannad Mehieddine has been released after he was kidnapped at a checkpoint set up by gunmen in the town of al-Labweh in the wake of the shooting death of the four young men between al-Qaa and Hermel, state-run National News Agency reported.

Taalabaya residents had formed human chains and blocked the Saadnayel-Taalabaya public road in both directions in response to the abduction, but it was later reopened by security forces, NNA said.

They had also staged a protest near the town's mosque, according to the agency.

Gunmen took to the streets in northern Bekaa and set up impromptu checkpoints after four people, including two members of the powerful Jaafar clan, were killed when their car came under gunfire in an agricultural part of al-Qaa, home to a predominantly Sunni population.

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Thumb primesuspect 16 June 2013, 22:07

Civil war.... Awaiting around the corner.

Thumb lebanon_first 16 June 2013, 22:38

no ya prime... No civil war.
In 75, there was the kissinger plan to ship lebanese christians out. Americans thought this would solve the palestinian issue. Gulf money and weapons to buy lebanon for palestinians. The christian resistance stopped that plan.
Since 2005, all the west understood that lebanese want to live together and in a democracy. They since changed attitude altogether about lebanon as a nation and will not allow GCC to finance wars in lebanon. It is also not iran's interest since it is controlling lebanon anyway.
So forget the simplistic civil war thingy. Despite assad the dog's best effort to create civil war here, he failed. Yes we will get tensions, events, some bombs maybe.
Today most gunmen financiers are local and are tensions are merely for sending messages... Mikati controlling bab el tebbaneh, hariri controlling ain el helweh and HA controlling those eastern tribesmen jaafar mekdad and zeaiter. The day they agree politically, tensions will ease.

Thumb primesuspect 16 June 2013, 22:43

It's true, the giraff is behind the tensions..l. I hope, genuinely, truly hope you're right.

Default-user-icon md (Guest) 17 June 2013, 04:20

Some idiots do not know what civil war is especially between Muslim themselves. There is a higher and escalating tension between Muslims with every killing incident. I is clear where Lebanese are heading with the increment tension and the carelessness of the government officials and the powerless Lebanese security forces. I guess with all this tension and the very accommodating environment the civil war is coming unless the Lebanese officials, starting from the president Sulaiman and the army leader, make a move and act on bringing killers to justice and isolating foreign militants coming from Syria from the Lebanese society or return them to north Syria.

Thumb primesuspect 17 June 2013, 18:00

Perhaps a war sounds exciting for anyone who didn't live it. I'm talking about expats..... You know, just for the adrenalin rush. But in fact, it's horrible, when I visit Lebanon in the summer and hear shots fired.... I just want to get on a plane and leave.