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Third Kuwaiti citizen killed in Lebanon: envoy

Photo shows the ambulance carrying the remains of 2 Kuwaitis killed in Lebanon.
Photo shows the ambulance carrying the remains of 2 Kuwaitis killed in Lebanon.

BEIRUT, March 12, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Ambassador in Beirut Abdulaal Al-Qenai said Saturday the Lebanese authorities informed him of a murder of a Kuwaiti citizen. Al-Qenai, speaking to KUNA, said the embassy was in touch with security authorities to know details of the murder, and would follow up the investigations on this regard.

The name or age of the murdered Kuwaiti was not available. The ambassador reiterated previous warnings against traveling to Lebanon and the importance of Kuwaitis in the country to leave immediately. He attributed the warning to the critical security circumstances. Lebanese authorities arrested yesterday two Syrians for killing two Kuwaiti citizens in the Kahala neighborhood, eastern Beirut, several days ago. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Qatar have also warned their citizens against traveling to Lebanon, and urged nationals in the country to leave.

Meanwhile, the bodies of Hussein Al- Nassar and Nabil Al-Ghareb (two Kuwaitis who were murdered in Lebanon last Wednesday) arrived at Kuwait International Airport Saturday and the Lebanese authorities have since announced identifying and arresting two Syrian suspects in connection with the case, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Information released by Public Relations Directorate of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, said security authorities have identified and arrested the assailants. They are Syrians whose initials are A.S. and S.M. born in 1975 and 1977 respectively.

They have already confessed to the crime and are undergoing interrogation under the supervision of concerned judicial office. The Syrian suspects reportedly used hammers to sniff the life out of their victims in a criminal act, with the intention to rob them. In this context, Lebanese Minister of Justice Retired Major General Ashraf Raefi sent condolences to the Kuwaiti government, leadership, citizens and relatives of the victims on the sad incident. He affirmed that Kuwait is dear and precious to the people of Lebanon and promised to deal with the culprits decisively.

Director of Information for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces Brigadier Emad Othman stated the crime is part of the effect of Syrian exodus, affirming “there is nothing like targeting the citizens of any particular GCC, Arab or foreign countries in Lebanon”. He assured the Lebanese security outfits are readily alert to maintain safety and security of the people of Lebanon, as well as expatriates.

On its part, the Embassy of Kuwait in Lebanon commended the security outfits in Lebanon for swiftly tracing and arresting culprits of the brutal murder. It expressed gratitude and appreciation to all Lebanese officials who have condemned the dastard act, reiterating confidence that the judiciary will ensure justice and judicial hammer will be extended to the perpetrators.

It consoled the bereaved families over their irreparable loss. Commenting on the issue, the ambassador of Lebanon to Kuwait Dr Khodr Helwah extended condolences to all Kuwaitis and declared that Aliyah, Babda and most regions in Lebanon are regarded as the second home of Kuwaitis.

In the same vein, Pastor of the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait Bishop Emmanuel Ghareb denounced the cold blood murder of the Kuwaitis in Lebanon. He affirmed that his late brother’s burial will be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm after the ecclesiastical rites.

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