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Conflict Incident Report

Army Arrests Prostitution Ring Linked to Kidnap Gang

Date of incident: 
September 21, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Lebanese Civilians
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees
Lebanese Military Intelligence

The army announced Wednesday that it has arrested a “prostitution ring linked to a kidnap gang” in the northern city of Tripoli.

“An Intelligence Directorate patrol arrested yesterday in the city of Tripoli the Palestinian-Syrian woman Kinda Oueis and Lebanese national Walid Sobh, who together with fugitive Syrian Tarek Wifaqi constitute a prostitution ring linked to a kidnap gang,” the Army Command said in a statement.

It said the gang had two days ago tried to abduct the son of a soldier after chasing him on the al-Bohsas highway.

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.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.