A group calling themselves Zuwwar al-Imam Rida claim to be behind the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots in Beirut.
Lebanese authorities say they are investigating the previously unknown group, who say the Turkish men were taken as retaliation for the abduction of nine Lebanese shi’ite Muslims near the Turkish-Syrian border in May 2012.
The pilots were kidnapped in Beirut by gunmen who intercepted their bus early on Friday morning. Six Turkish Airlines crew also onboard were not taken.
Following the incident, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül described Lebanon as a “risky place” where Turkish citizens have been taking precautions. He also said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry “took action as soon as possible”.
In addition to warning citizens against travelling to Lebanon, the Foreign Ministry is also said to be working in close contact with the pilots’ employer, Turkish Airlines, and the Lebanese authorities.
The kidnapping shows how the 28-month conflict in Syria is spilling into neighbouring countries.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania
- 2Spain: Singer Isabel Pantoja jailed for two years
- 3Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine a ‘flagrant violation’, says Biden
- 4Turkey promises support for Kurdish Peshmurga in anti-ISIL front
- 5Moscow: Luxury car collection destroyed in suspected arson attack
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Sweden becomes first EU country to recognise the Palestinian State | euronews, world news
- 3Italy swamped by flash floods | euronews, world news
- 4Back to School for Romania’s new First Lady | euronews, world news
- 5Turkish president Erdogan unveils his new palace of a thousand rooms | euronews, world news
- 6India PM Modi appoints Yoga minister | euronews, world news
- 7What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 8Vladimir Putin most powerful man in the world – Forbes | euronews, world news
- 9[Live] Rosetta’s Philae lands on comet 67P and enters the history books | euronews, world news
- 10European e-revolution people rise up | euronews, world news
- 11International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 12Where is the best place in Europe for women? | euronews, world news
- 13Revealed: Europe’s capital cities where it’s hardest to be a foreigner | euronews, world news
- 14Putin plans to leave G20 talks early amid Ukraine pressure | euronews, world news
- 15Nadia Comaneci: gymnast of perfection and defector | euronews, the global conversation
- 16US says ISIL makes $1 million-a-day selling oil – even to enemies | euronews, world news
- 17Edgars Rinkevics: “I am gay. Good luck all of you.” | euronews, world news
- 18International news | euronews, latest international news
- 19Philippe Starck: ‘Words like longevity and legacy have become almost avant-garde’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 20Transcript of hanged Iranian woman’s final message released | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 00:27 CET Cuban migrants head off from Caymans, bound for Honduras
- 00:22 CET Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law gets 1-1/2 years prison in tax case
- 00:18 CET U.N. calls for credible Myanmar election, minority protection
- 23:42 CET United Nations members resolve to end child marriage
- 23:23 CET U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse – sources
- 23:16 CET Banker to be named Brazil finance minister – newspapers
- 23:14 CET Grappling with protests, Mexico president urges swift judicial…
- 22:57 CET Accused Colombia rebel extradited to U.S. to face hostage-taking…