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Thursday , April 25 2019

‘Targeting Kuwaitis not politically motivated’ – Leave country immediately: envoy

KUWAIT CITY, March 13: While Kuwait buried two of its citizens who were murdered recently by a gang of Syrians in Lebanon, the State Security Command in Lebanon continued investigations with the gang to determine circumstances surrounding the killing and to bring all those involved to justice.

This came after the discovery of the death of the third Kuwaiti when one of the gang members confessed to killing two people — one of them a Kuwaiti identified as Salah AbdulHameed Abu Al-Banat and the other a Syrian identified as Marwan Hamadi. Security sources in Lebanon affirmed that targeting Kuwaitis there is not politically motivated, as the phenomenon also affects other GCC nationals.

Sources said the preliminary investigations revealed the motive behind the recent killings is robbery — a widespread crime in Lebanon, especially after the increase of refugees from Syria and lack of strategy on dealing with these refugees who are everywhere in the country.

Sources explained the concerned Lebanese security agencies are working relentlessly to deal with such criminal gangs to ensure they will not threaten the citizens and residents in the country. Sources pointed out all visitors and residents must be cautious in their movements and to report anything unusual while they are in Lebanon.

In the same context, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Suleiman Al-Qannae reiterated the travel advisory, warning Kuwaitis against travelling to Lebanon, while those currently residing there must leave the country immediately. Similar travel advisories were issued by the embassies of other GCC countries in Lebanon.

Also, Lebanese Minister of Justice Major General Ashraf Raifi sent his heartfelt condolences to Kuwait, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the government and the people, particularly the families of the victims. On his Twitter account, Raifi asserted, “Kuwait and its people are dear to Lebanon and its citizens, so anyone involved in this crime will be brought to justice.”

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