Families of kidnapped Lebanese block airport road

The families of 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria are blocking the highway leading to Beirut airport to protest the Lebanese government’s failure to secure their release.

The Shiite pilgrims were abducted May 22 after crossing into Syria from Turkey on their way to Lebanon. A previously unheard of group calling itself “Syrian Rebels in Aleppo” claimed responsibility, saying five of the hostages were members of the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group. The group and their families deny that.

Travelers heading to the airport Monday had to walk with their luggage about a kilometer (5/8 of a mile) to the airport because of the demonstration.

The families threaten to maintain their sit-in at the airport highway indefinitely.

Sin and unethical

Commenting on the blocking of the main roads throughout Lebanon by Hezbollah supporters in the aftermath of the kidnappings Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on May 25 :

“Protesting and blocking roads is useless, this is a sin and it is unethical. What good did it do? The abductors were not Lebanese… who were you trying to pressure? I call all people to abstain from such acts if in the future such an incident would reoccur.”

The current Lebanese government is controlled by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies. It is not clear whom are the relatives of the kidnapped Lebanese are trying to pressure

Huffington Post, Ya Libnan

  • 5thDrawer

    That should help the people with Asthma wonderfully well … especially with no AC in the non-electrical hours/days.

  • 5thDrawer

    That should help the people with Asthma wonderfully well … especially with no AC in the non-electrical hours/days.

  • 5thDrawer

    That should help the people with Asthma wonderfully well … especially with no AC in the non-electrical hours/days.

  • guss043

    could the gov open another airport than this cursed one, from the PLO control to Syria and now actually since 1985 in the hand of the southern f suburbs .
    let’s open Hamat airport ,lets land in clean area not over the roof of the f shacks

  • guss043

    could the gov open another airport than this cursed one, from the PLO control to Syria and now actually since 1985 in the hand of the southern f suburbs .
    let’s open Hamat airport ,lets land in clean area not over the roof of the f shacks

  • breakthemould

    Passengers can perhaps use Damascus airport. If that fails the try Homs airport. The innocent passengers from all nationalities did not kidnap any one, I don’t think. What a way to waste valuable tourist trade to Lebanon. The size of some people’s brain needs to be measured again and they need to have it examined.

    • 5thDrawer

      They already inhaled too much of that smoke … brains have gone.

  • breakthemould

    Passengers can perhaps use Damascus airport. If that fails the try Homs airport. The innocent passengers from all nationalities did not kidnap any one, I don’t think. What a way to waste valuable tourist trade to Lebanon. The size of some people’s brain needs to be measured again and they need to have it examined.

    • 5thDrawer

      They already inhaled too much of that smoke … brains have gone.

  • Patience2

    Hezzies just love to burn ‘tyres’, maybe they should’ve just stayed where they were instead of coming back here.  Their families could’ve moved to be with them, solving all problems for everyone.

    • 5thDrawer

      That’s the best idea yet … all of them get to visit wonderful Syria for a long time … vacation and pilgrimage all rolled up together, and no more rubber smoke in Lebanon.

  • Patience2

    Hezzies just love to burn ‘tyres’, maybe they should’ve just stayed where they were instead of coming back here.  Their families could’ve moved to be with them, solving all problems for everyone.

    • 5thDrawer

      That’s the best idea yet … all of them get to visit wonderful Syria for a long time … vacation and pilgrimage all rolled up together, and no more rubber smoke in Lebanon.

  • 5thDrawer

    Other reasons to burn rubber … with just as much justification as this story …. bits from Tripoli Star.

    BEIRUT: Damage to a south Lebanon power plant plunged much of the country into darkness Monday night. The Zahrani power plant, which provides more than a third of the country’s power, stopped working around 7 p.m., cutting electricity in areas across Beirut, Tripoli, Koura and the south.
    PROTESTERS flooded the Dennawi-Beirut road with burning tires, blocking the Khaldeh road toward Beirut as well as the coastal highway at the Barja turnoff. Also blocked were the Tripoli-Beirut highway in both directions, the highway at Jiyye, and the Dahr al-Ain road in Koura.
    Lebanon suffers a severe shortage in electricity. Rationing leaves Beirut in the dark for three hours a day, while in some parts of Sidon’s old city residents do not have electricity for 22 hours a day.
    In March, Cabinet agreed to lease power-generating ships to solve the crisis, in addition to constructing 1,500 megawatt power plants. The ships are not scheduled to arrive until the end of the summer. (Yah – perfect timing ;-))
    The Zahrani plant produces around 450 megawatts per day, making it the second-largest power plant in the country.
    ———————
    From Nahr al-Bared Camp shootings #2 :
    The sources identified the two fatalities as Palestinians Amin Ghoneim and Fouad Muhieddine Loubaneh.
    They said the infiltrators, who were among the funeral procession of 15-year-old Ahmad Qassem – killed last week after a violent standoff between locals and the Lebanese Army – attacked army posts in the camp, including one called the Samed post.
    In a statement, the Lebanese Army said infiltrators in the camp began hurling stones and Molotov Coktails at the Samad post which led to the wounding of three soldiers.
    Several others attempted to storm the post by force, the statement said, prompting soldiers to repel the attack using anti-riot weapons, tear gas and rubber bullets.
    However, the statement added, after the infiltrators persisted in their attempts to gain access to the post, soldiers resorted to live rounds which led to several casualties.
    The National News Agency reported that residents of the Beddawi refugee camp, also near the northern port city of Tripoli, blocked roads inside the camp in PROTEST of the unrest at Nahr al-Bared.
    In south Lebanon, hundreds of residents at the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, which witnessed protests Sunday over the killing of Qassem, burned tires and hurled Molotov Cocktails at the Lebanese Army inside the camp, forcing the military to seek cover at their posts and fire warning shots.

    Vacation-land anyone ??

  • 5thDrawer

    Other reasons to burn rubber … with just as much justification as this story …. bits from Tripoli Star.

    BEIRUT: Damage to a south Lebanon power plant plunged much of the country into darkness Monday night. The Zahrani power plant, which provides more than a third of the country’s power, stopped working around 7 p.m., cutting electricity in areas across Beirut, Tripoli, Koura and the south.
    PROTESTERS flooded the Dennawi-Beirut road with burning tires, blocking the Khaldeh road toward Beirut as well as the coastal highway at the Barja turnoff. Also blocked were the Tripoli-Beirut highway in both directions, the highway at Jiyye, and the Dahr al-Ain road in Koura.
    Lebanon suffers a severe shortage in electricity. Rationing leaves Beirut in the dark for three hours a day, while in some parts of Sidon’s old city residents do not have electricity for 22 hours a day.
    In March, Cabinet agreed to lease power-generating ships to solve the crisis, in addition to constructing 1,500 megawatt power plants. The ships are not scheduled to arrive until the end of the summer. (Yah – perfect timing ;-))
    The Zahrani plant produces around 450 megawatts per day, making it the second-largest power plant in the country.
    ———————
    From Nahr al-Bared Camp shootings #2 :
    The sources identified the two fatalities as Palestinians Amin Ghoneim and Fouad Muhieddine Loubaneh.
    They said the infiltrators, who were among the funeral procession of 15-year-old Ahmad Qassem – killed last week after a violent standoff between locals and the Lebanese Army – attacked army posts in the camp, including one called the Samed post.
    In a statement, the Lebanese Army said infiltrators in the camp began hurling stones and Molotov Coktails at the Samad post which led to the wounding of three soldiers.
    Several others attempted to storm the post by force, the statement said, prompting soldiers to repel the attack using anti-riot weapons, tear gas and rubber bullets.
    However, the statement added, after the infiltrators persisted in their attempts to gain access to the post, soldiers resorted to live rounds which led to several casualties.
    The National News Agency reported that residents of the Beddawi refugee camp, also near the northern port city of Tripoli, blocked roads inside the camp in PROTEST of the unrest at Nahr al-Bared.
    In south Lebanon, hundreds of residents at the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, which witnessed protests Sunday over the killing of Qassem, burned tires and hurled Molotov Cocktails at the Lebanese Army inside the camp, forcing the military to seek cover at their posts and fire warning shots.

    Vacation-land anyone ??

  • 5thDrawer

    Other reasons to burn rubber … with just as much justification as this …. bits from Tripoli Star.

    BEIRUT: Damage to a south Lebanon power plant plunged much of the country into darkness Monday night. The Zahrani power plant, which provides more than a third of the country’s power, stopped working around 7 p.m., cutting electricity in areas across Beirut, Tripoli, Koura and the south.
    PROTESTERS flooded the Dennawi-Beirut road with burning tires, blocking the Khaldeh road toward Beirut as well as the coastal highway at the Barja turnoff. Also blocked were the Tripoli-Beirut highway in both directions, the highway at Jiyye, and the Dahr al-Ain road in Koura.
    Lebanon suffers a severe shortage in electricity. Rationing leaves Beirut in the dark for three hours a day, while in some parts of Sidon’s old city residents do not have electricity for 22 hours a day.
    In March, Cabinet agreed to lease power-generating ships to solve the crisis, in addition to constructing 1,500 megawatt power plants. The ships are not scheduled to arrive until the end of the summer.
    The Zahrani plant produces around 450 megawatts per day, making it the second-largest power plant in the country.
    ———————
    From Nahr al-Bared Camp shootings #2 :
    The sources identified the two fatalities as Palestinians Amin Ghoneim and Fouad Muhieddine Loubaneh.
    They said the infiltrators, who were among the funeral procession of 15-year-old Ahmad Qassem – killed last week after a violent standoff between locals and the Lebanese Army – attacked army posts in the camp, including one called the Samed post.
    In a statement, the Lebanese Army said infiltrators in the camp began hurling stones and Molotov Coktails at the Samad post which led to the wounding of three soldiers.
    Several others attempted to storm the post by force, the statement said, prompting soldiers to repel the attack using anti-riot weapons, tear gas and rubber bullets.
    However, the statement added, after the infiltrators persisted in their attempts to gain access to the post, soldiers resorted to live rounds which led to several casualties.
    The National News Agency reported that residents of the Beddawi refugee camp, also near the northern port city of Tripoli, blocked roads inside the camp in PROTEST of the unrest at Nahr al-Bared.
    In south Lebanon, hundreds of residents at the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, which witnessed protests Sunday over the killing of Qassem, burned tires and hurled Molotov Cocktails at the Lebanese Army inside the camp, forcing the military to seek cover at their posts and fire warning shots.

    Vacation-land anyone ??