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Conflict Incident Report

Medical Director at Baalbek Hospital disappears amid kidnap suspicions

Date of incident: 
September 7, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

On 07 Sep 16, contact was lost with the medical director of the Ibn Sina Hospital in the eastern city of Baalbek with reports suspecting that he might have been kidnapped. Saleh al-Shal has gone missing since 1900hrs on Tuesday, 06 Sep 16. Reports said that the doctor was watering the trees in his farm on the Amshki hills that overlook the city of Baalbek. The janitor later saw a pick-up truck drive quickly out of the farm. He ran headlong to check on al-Shal but found no one while the water was still flowing out of the watering hose. Members of his family kicked off a night search that went on until the early hours on Wednesday but failed to find him.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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.