A Kuwaiti citizen was kidnapped in Bekaa valley

A Kuwaiti citizen who was identified as Issam al-Houti, 52 was kidnapped by gunmen in the area of Hawsh al-Ghanam in the eastern Bekaa valley, National News Agency reported on Saturday.

Houti, was reportedly driving his red Kia, which carries the Qatari license plate 20/27880, from Talya when the gunmen driving a pistachio-colored Mercedes 300 car followed him and opened fire near his feet as soon as he arrived to his rented house in Hawsh al-Ghanam.

The gunmen then kidnapped the men and sped away towards Baalbek.

NNA identified Houti’s wife as Fawziyeh Arafat from the town of Talya.

Last week Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Beirut and the United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry undersecretary said their countries’ nationals should leave Lebanon immediately, as did Qatar and Bahrain. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry issued a similar warning “in anticipation of a spillover from the Syrian crisis,” the state news agency KUNA reported.

  • Constantin7

    The Bekaa has become a lawless land out of control. Due to HA and his acts, due to the retaliation to HA acts in especially in the eastern Bekaa. All sorts of arms smuggling, hashish growing, people abducting, tribes fighting and revenge killings is happening. What an ugly picture of Lebanon is this ? Between the HA and the Salafis and wahhabis Lebanon is going down the drain. Only the Chritians will be able to save it if they have the necessary political power. The Druze could be helpful too, if they drop their fears.

    • breakthemould

       Say Bekaa to any European and he says “Superb Lebanese Wine”. Many Europeans dream of visiting the Chateaux. Dine, and Wine , stay in hotels and spend money in Lebanon boosting our economy.
      If Lebanon was a desert then that is one thing, but Lebanon is a wonderful piece of real estate and it’s people are beautiful.
      We cut our nose to spite our face!

    • breakthemould

       Say Bekaa to any European and he says “Superb Lebanese Wine”. Many Europeans dream of visiting the Chateaux. Dine, and Wine , stay in hotels and spend money in Lebanon boosting our economy.
      If Lebanon was a desert then that is one thing, but Lebanon is a wonderful piece of real estate and it’s people are beautiful.
      We cut our nose to spite our face!

  • Constantin7

    The Bekaa has become a lawless land out of control. Due to HA and his acts, due to the retaliation to HA acts in especially in the eastern Bekaa. All sorts of arms smuggling, hashish growing, people abducting, tribes fighting and revenge killings is happening. What an ugly picture of Lebanon is this ? Between the HA and the Salafis and wahhabis Lebanon is going down the drain. Only the Chritians will be able to save it if they have the necessary political power. The Druze could be helpful too, if they drop their fears.

    • breakthemould

       Say Bekaa to any European and he says “Superb Lebanese Wine”. Many Europeans dream of visiting the Chateaux. Dine, and Wine , stay in hotels and spend money in Lebanon boosting our economy.
      If Lebanon was a desert then that is one thing, but Lebanon is a wonderful piece of real estate and it’s people are beautiful.
      We cut our nose to spite our face!

  • 5thDrawer

    From Tripoli Star:
    The state-run National News Agency said unidentified armed individuals in a green Mercedes-Benz stopped Issam al-Houty, 52, and his wife as they drove toward the village of Hawsh al-Ghanam. Kuwait’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdul-Aal al-Qana’ei, spoke to the Kuwait News Agency, saying that the armed men proceeded to kidnap both Houty and his wife, Fawziyya Arafat.

  • 5thDrawer

    From Tripoli Star:
    The state-run National News Agency said unidentified armed individuals in a green Mercedes-Benz stopped Issam al-Houty, 52, and his wife as they drove toward the village of Hawsh al-Ghanam. Kuwait’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdul-Aal al-Qana’ei, spoke to the Kuwait News Agency, saying that the armed men proceeded to kidnap both Houty and his wife, Fawziyya Arafat.