Pilgrims Families: Any Turk in Lebanon is a target

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turkey lebanon flagsThe families of the Lebanese pilgrims that are being held in Syria threatened to kidnap “any Turkish national on Beirut’s streets,” after the Internal Security Forces’ Intelligence Bureau failed to release Mohammed Saleh, a relative of one of the hostages who has been arrested over alleged ties to the kidnappers of the two Turkish pilots.

The warning comes after the families held a meeting with caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel at his office over the arrest of Saleh and the ongoing negotiations in the case of the abducted pilgrims.

“Charbel said Mohammed Saleh is innocent and that he was held on suspicions but he has not been released until the moment and for this reason any Turkish national on Beirut’s streets will be kidnapped,” Hayat Awali, a spokeswoman for the families, said in an interview with New TV

“Any Turkish national on Beirut’s streets is a legitimate target for us,” she added.

Saleh was arrested on Sunday by the ISF Intelligence Bureau on charges of having links to the kidnappers of the two Turkish pilots who were abducted on Friday near the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

For his part, Sheikh Abbas Zgheib, who has been tasked by the Higher Islamic Shiite Council to follow up the case of the abducted pilgrims, said the delegation discussed the “latest developments” with Charbel.

“He briefed us on the latest developments pertaining to the nine hostages and the atmosphere was positive,” he added.

“The Turkish state is responsible for the return of the nine abductees to Lebanon,” said Zgheib.

In an interview with LBCI television, the cleric said: “Charbel informed us that Mohammed Saleh has nothing to do with the kidnapping operation and that he is being interrogated over the congratulations phone call he had received.”

But he warned: “If Mohammed Saleh is not released today, we will consider him to be kidnapped by the Intelligence Bureau and we’ll act accordingly.”

On Sunday, the families of the abductees threatened to escalate their protests in the wake of Saleh’s arrest.

Turkey which had nothing to do with the kidnapping , was accused by the relatives of not doing enough to free the pilgrims and for this reason they arranged during the past several months several rallies, sit-ins and protests against Turkish Airlines and the Turkish embassy in Beirut to pressure the Turkish government to do more.

The Syrian rebels released 2 of the kidnapped pilgrims and claimed that the remaining 9 Shiite pilgrims were members of Hezbollah and promised to release them as soon as Hezbollah quits supporting the Syrian regime in its deadly crackdown against the uprising. But the Hezbollah chief rejected their demand during a speech on June 1, 2012 when he said : “If this kidnapping operation seeks to pressure us into changing our stance ( in supporting Assad) it failed”.

Following the kidnapping of the 2 turkish pilots Sheikh Abbas Zgheib said the relatives of the kidnapped pilgrims support the abduction of the pilots.

“The Shiite pilgrims’ relatives support the kidnapping, especially if it aims at putting an end to the detention of their relatives in Syria.” He said .

March 14 MP Jean Ogassapian pointed fingers at Hezbollah on Saturday and said the abduction of the Turkish Airlines pilots in Beirut bore the hallmarks of the militant Shiite group.

Caretaker Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud warned Saturday that the abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots will deal a blow to Lebanon’s tourism industry and could be the last nail in the coffin of the tourism sector.

“What happened could be the last nail in the coffin of the tourism sector,” Abboud told LBCI, adding that the incident would have an adverse effect on the tourism sector and harm the economy as a whole given that tourism represented more than 20 percent of Lebanon’s GDP. .

As expected Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory on Friday in which it called on Turkish citizens to avoid traveling to Lebanon unless it is absolutely necessary .

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34 responses to “Pilgrims Families: Any Turk in Lebanon is a target”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    “legitimate target” … the main targets being brains and logic.
    Like the picture of the Chinese-made tourist-pin. hehehehehe

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    “legitimate target” … the main targets being brains and logic.

  3. Jimmy Thorr Avatar
    Jimmy Thorr

    what a sad thing there is, we have no more state willing and capable on enforcing the law, those shiites thugs dare to threaten state security institutions and get away with it, this would not have happened if Hezbolah is not behind those thugs supporting them and giving them cover to utter those threats. Every shiite associated with Hezbollah and act like militia and break the law is a legitimate target to be killed with no mercy until law and order of our state institutions is enforced and applied on those calling themselves Lebanese citizens but act as stooges and mercenariis to Iran benefits and syrian regime goals to thaw choas and destruction in Lebanon

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      not ‘thaw’ … ‘sew’ … Yes, too sad.

  4. Jimmy Thorr Avatar
    Jimmy Thorr

    what a sad thing there is, we have no more state willing and capable on enforcing the law, those shiites thugs dare to threaten state security institutions and get away with it, this would not have happened if Hezbolah is not behind those thugs supporting them and giving them cover to utter those threats. Every shiite associated with Hezbollah and act like militia and break the law is a legitimate target to be killed with no mercy until law and order of our state institutions is enforced and applied on those calling themselves Lebanese citizens but act as stooges and mercenariis to Iran benefits and syrian regime goals to thaw choas and destruction in Lebanon

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      not ‘thaw’ … ‘sew’ … Yes, too sad.

  5. The warning pretty much paints a clear profile of the so called pilgrims, lawless, don’t believe in a just god that would differentiate between actual kidnappers guilty of the deed or simply someone born in turkey and had nothing to do with it.
    All in all weak people with no sense of justice or care in the world about any one else but their immediate victims !
    Lebanon as a whole is a total victim encompassing all its citizens with the infliction of thugs taking the law and justice in their own hand to accomplish nothing but convincing others that a bratty tid for a tad is the only protocol just as it has been ever since I remember, sorry guys but I don’t know if I can ever love Lebanon the way you preach it to be … it is a haven for injustice as it is a perfect place to act like a brat with no consequences or being frowned upon unless you are accused of anything to do with Israel.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Yes .. the romance fades, Geo … it becomes dreams only.

      1. Greetings 5th, I just don’t have the tolerance I used to have bro, I don’t live there but I truly feel for the people that have no way out of this lawless out of control micro country trapped in its own reasoning and tribal mentality! yistiflo..on a different subject if you get the opportunity I finally found my absolute favourite beer on the planet, cigar city IPA 🙂 I plan on bringing some for our gathering on Dabs veranda :)P

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          I will contemplate it. 🙂
          How you can transport anything descent on a plane these days is beyond me.
          I must say, the varieties ‘we’ are able to get have improved immensely over the last (say) 15 years. The allowance of ‘Micro-Brewries’ has been a great thing, as some succeed in making very good products.

        2. yes yu told me when yu comed mr me happy yu comed mr me no undurstud IPA yu bringed nothin mr i bringed all mr girls niced mr

          1. IPA stands for india pale ale your royal dabness 🙂 thanks for the hospitality 🙂 I am not sure about the girls though, have you ever heard of lorena bobbitt I am married to her sister 🙁

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Ohhhh … ouchie. LOL ….
            (Geo – I promise – I won’t tell her you said that. 😉
            BUT If I make it, Dab can invite ALL the girls – and I promise we’ll disappear from the verandah for you guys. :-)))

          3. yu maried to lorena sister mr my brother son tell me she cut zabras mr yu be carful mr me no wnt zabra cut mr dahia girls like zabras no cut them mr

          4. Good advice Dab, look what her other sisters did with their cheating husbands parts :)P

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            LOL … results of circumcisions ?? LOL ….
            Wait … that looks like the white Malaysian Root-worm mixed with my Grasshoppers … hmmmm … where’s the IPA ??

          6. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            LOL,

          7. Well look who finally showed up ! welcome back 🙂

          8. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            Thank you!!!!

  6. The warning pretty much paints a clear profile of the so called pilgrims, lawless, don’t believe in a just god that would differentiate between actual kidnappers guilty of the deed or simply someone born in turkey and had nothing to do with it.
    All in all weak people with no sense of justice or care in the world about any one else but their immediate victims !
    Lebanon as a whole is a total victim encompassing all its citizens with the infliction of thugs taking the law and justice in their own hand to accomplish nothing but convincing others that a bratty tid for a tad is the only protocol just as it has been ever since I remember, sorry guys but I don’t know if I can ever love Lebanon the way you preach it to be … it is a haven for injustice as it is a perfect place to act like a brat with no consequences or being frowned upon unless you are accused of anything to do with Israel.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Yes .. the romance fades, Geo … it becomes dreams only.

      1. Greetings 5th, I just don’t have the tolerance I used to have bro, I don’t live there but I truly feel for the people that have no way out of this lawless out of control micro country trapped in its own reasoning and tribal mentality! yistiflo..on a different subject if you get the opportunity I finally found my absolute favourite beer on the planet, cigar city IPA 🙂 I plan on bringing some for our gathering on Dabs veranda :)P

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          I will contemplate it. 🙂

        2. yes yu told me when yu comed mr me happy yu comed mr me no undurstud IPA yu bringed nothin mr i bringed all mr girls niced mr

          1. IPA stands for india pale ale your royal dabness 🙂 thanks for the hospitality 🙂 I am not sure about the girls though, have you ever heard of lorena bobbitt I am married to her sister 🙁

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Ohhhh … ouchie. LOL ….
            (Geo – I promise – I won’t tell her you said that. 😉
            BUT If I make it, Dab can invite ALL the girls – and I promise we’ll disappear from the porch for you guys. :-)))

          3. yu maried to lorena sister mr my brother son tell me she cut zabras mr yu be carful mr me no wnt zabra cut mr dahia girls like zabras no cut them mr

          4. Good advice Dab, look what her other sisters did with their cheating husbands parts :)P

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            LOL … results of circumcisions ?? LOL ….
            Wait … that looks like the white Malaysian Root-worm mixed with my Grasshoppers … hmmmm …

          6. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            LOL,

          7. Well look who finally showed up ! welcome back 🙂

          8. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            Thank you!!!!

  7. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Things just got personal.

  8. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Things just got personal.

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