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Lebanon's army said on Saturday its forces raided a southern district of Beirut and arrested a member of a powerful clan which claims responsibility for the kidnapping of 20 Syrians and a Turkish businessman.
"Army forces carried out a raid to execute arrest warrants against individuals that were linked to kidnappings ... The army arrested a number of wanted, including Hassan Meqdad," an army statement said, without mentioning the kidnapped.
The Meqdad clan abducted the men on Aug. 15 in what they said was a response to the capture of one of their kinsmen in Damascus by the Free Syrian Army, the armed wing of a revolt which aims to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"The (army) continues its search for a number of culprits who fled to various Lebanese regions and plans to maintain its work for the release of all hostages," the statement said, adding large quantities of weapons and ammunition were seized during the raid on the Rweiss district of Beirut.
The Turkish Embassy in Beirut said on Friday that Turkish businessman Aydin Tufan Tekin, who was recently abducted in Beirut, was believed to be at the hands of the Miqdad tribe.
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), diplomats at the Turkish Embassy in Beirut said that they had reliable information that Tekin was still a hostage of the Miqdad tribe.
Meanwhile, a clash took place between the Miqdad tribe and Sinu tribe in south Beirut.
The spokesperson for the Miqdad tribe, Mahir Miqdad argued that many hostages escaped after taking advantage of security vacuum caused during the clash between the Miqdad tribe and Sinu tribe.
Tekin was abducted in Beirut on August 15.
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