Lebanese Shiites have kidnapped over 20 Syrians and said they will keep them hostage until their relative held by Syrian Freedom Army is released..
Abu Ali al-Mikdad told reporters in Beirut that he and his family members have captured "more than 20 Syrians," including a top member of the country's main rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, said AP.
The group was taken captive late Tuesday by what Jordan's Al Bawaba described as a powerful Shiite clan in Lebanan.
The International Business Times (IBT) identified those responsible as a Shiite clan known as the Meqdads, a group that claims to be neutral toward the conflict in Syria, a member of an offshoot Shiite sect.
The Syrians will be held until rebels release Hassane Salim al-Mikdad, a Lebanese man the Syrian rebels said in a recent video is a member of the Iran-backed Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
In fact, more kidnappings were threatened unless and until he is released, reported IBT.
Mikdad was taken hostage on Monday, reported Al Bawaba.
Iran as well as Hezbollah is helping the Syrian regime in train militias to fight against the Free Syrian Army and protestors.
Commenting on the incident, the press officer of the Free Syrian Army’s joint command Fahd al-Masri told LBCI that the FSA’s central command had nothing to do with the abduction of Hassan al-Mokdad, promising the Lebanese people to release all the abductees in Syria shortly.
Al-Masri said that there is no need for escalation on the part of al-Mokdad family, accusing the Syrian regime of using this issue to harm the Syrian-Lebanese bilateral relations.
Some reports indicate that the abductees were reported dead as a result of Syrian Air Forces attack on Aazaz, Aleppo.
The attacks, according to the sources were conducted via MiG 20 aircrafts. Head of the media office pertaining to kidnapping mastermind Abu Ibrahim, Mohammad Nour, confirmed that three other families were also killed in the area, with dozens wounded.