Kuwaiti kidnapped in Lebanon

August 25, 2012

Esam Al Hooty - Sabr

A Kuwaiti national was kidnapped on Saturday in Eastern Lebanon and was reportedly taken to the Baalbek area, reports in Kuwait and Lebanon said.

Esam Al Hooty, 52, was near the house he was renting in Hosh Al Gahanam in the Bekaa Valley when he was forced by his abductors to get in a car that took off towards Baalbek, a Lebanese news site said.

Kuwait’s ambassador in Beirut, Abdul A’al Al Qanai, confirmed the kidnapping and said that he was in contact with the highest political and security authorities in Lebanon to secure the release of the Kuwaiti national.

The ambassador told Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) that he had been informed about the kidnapping by Al Hooty’s wife.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) said that Al Hooty was married to a woman, Fawzia Arafat from the village of Talya in the Bekaa Valley, and that he was kidnapped after he arrived home and got out of his car that had a Qatari licence plate 20/27880.

In Kuwait City, lawmakers called for a strong stance by the Kuwaiti government to help release and repatriate the kidnap victims.

“The Lebanese government should be held responsible for anything that could happen to the Kuwaiti victim,” MP Ali Al Amair said.

MP Abdul Lateef Al Umairi said that Kuwait had been a strong supporter of the Lebanese government and that all efforts should be exerted to secure Al Hooty’s release.

Kuwait earlier this month warned all Kuwaiti nationals to leave or avoid Lebanon following threats by a local clan to kidnap Gulf nationals.

Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE also issued similar warnings to their citizens.

Thousands of Gulf nationals regularly spend their summer holidays in the Mediterranean country.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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