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Conflict Incident Report

2 Foreigners in General Security Custody after reported arrest by Hezbollah

Date of incident: 
January 4, 2018
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General Security

Conflicting reports emerged about the “disappearance” of a Dutch man and a New Zealand woman in the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, a Hizbullah stronghold.

Some media reports said the two foreigners were held by Hizbullah before being handed over to General Security, as other reports said the man and the woman were arrested by General Security guards near one of the security agency’s checkpoints.

The wife of the Dutch man told MTV on Thursday afternoon that her husband “has been handed over to General Security” and that he would be freed “within hours.”

The TV network had reported that the two foreigners had “disappeared while passing in Beirut’s southern suburbs,” describing them as aid workers.

The reports said the man and the woman were held after “raising suspicions” over their presence in the area.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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Individual acts of violence
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