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The Saudi Arabian embassy in Beirut has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately , citing concerns over security in a country shaken by the uprising in neighbouring Syria.

This development comes after the military wing of the al Mikdad family which is closely linked to Hezbollah said it had abducted at least 20 Syrian rebels and threatened to kidnap Qatari, Saudi and Turkish nationals to swap them for their missing kin.

Al- Mikdad clan also announced on Wednesday that it has abducted near Beirut a Turkish national of the Soufan family, media reports stated.

Interior minister Marwan Charbel tried to mediate with Al- Mikdad clan the release of the kidnapped Syrian , but the clan refused to meet with him.

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