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Protests over abducted Shiites in Syria
target Turkish offices in Lebanon

Anti-Turkey protest
Anti-Turkey protest
Anti-Turkey protest

A protest led by the relatives of the Lebanese Shiite pilgrims abducted in Syria targeted the offices of Turkish Airlines in Beirut, the National News Agency reported.

 

The protesters prevented the airlines’ employees from entering their offices on Thursday morning, the report elaborated.

 

Local television station LBC, meanwhile, reported that the employees gathered in a separate location that was subsequently surrounded by the protesters.

 

New TV also reported that the relatives had taken action at the Turkish Cultural Center in the Beirut area of Azariyeh and prevented it from opening.

 

MTV’s correspondent also noted that the protesters accused Turkey of being behind the pilgrim’s kidnapping.

 

“The protesters want the media to describe the abductees as detained by Turkey and not detained in [the Aleppo town of] Azaz,” the correspondent said.

 

In May, 11 of last year, Shiite pilgrims were abducted in Syria’s Aleppo while returning from a pilgrimage in Iran. Later in the month, a previously unknown armed group calling itself the "Syrian Revolutionaries—Aleppo Province" said that it was holding the group, while the Free Syrian Army had repeatedly denied its involvement in the abduction.   

 

Two of the kidnapped pilgrims – Awad Ibrahim and Hussein Ali Omar – were released in past months.

 

The relatives, earlier in March, closed shops belonging to Syrian nationals in the Beirut southern suburb, known as Dahiyeh and prevented Syrian workers from reaching their work places in Shoueifat.

Relatives of Shiite pilgrims kidnapped in Syria protest against Turkish interests in Beirut on Thursday.

The protesters want the media to describe the abductees as detained by Turkey and not detained in [the Aleppo town of] Azaz.