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Conflict Incident Report

7 year old girl abducted in Bekaa

Date of incident: 
February 22, 2018
Death toll: 
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

Seven-year-old Salha Katouh was snatched right in front of her house in the Central Bekaa town of Bar Elias, as she and her younger brother were waiting for the school bus, National News Agency correspondent reported on Thursday.

In a phone call with NNA, the child's father indicated that kidnappers had contacted him and asked for a $250,000 ransom.

According to Mr. Katouh, the abductors were aboard a silver SUV.

The father, who owns a clothing store in Bar Elias, hoped for the safe return of his daughter, expressing full confidence in the security authorities, who for their part, confirmed they were now inspecting the neighborhood's surveillance cameras.

Primary category: 
Hostage Taking Situation [inc. attempt, release]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.