SKeyes Statements | Lebanon
Samir Kassir Eyes Foundation (SKeyes) issued a statement on Thursday condemning the attack on Al-Yasariya television in Beirut and the abduction of its employees, identified as Ahmad al-Haffar, Mohammad Diab, Aanoud al-Khatib and Mohammad Khazaal.
“[We call on] the security forces [to safe keep the headquarters of] media outlets in Lebanon and protect their employees from attacks,” the statement said.
The statement also held the Lebanese political authorities responsible for the recent attacks, “since they have propagated the logic of escaping justice through their continuous reluctance to step up to their judicial and security responsibilities.”
On Wednesday, a number of gunmen attacked Al-Yasariya television building in Gallery Semaan area in southern Beirut and kidnapped two Syrian nationals, New TV reported.
Earlier that day, members of the Moqdad Lebanese family said that its “military wing” abducted “more than 20 Free Syrian Army members” and a Turkish national.
The kidnapping came as a reaction to the abduction of Hassan al-Moqdad in Syria; the FSA identified the abductee as a Hezbollah member, but the Shiite party denied the charges.
The foundation also condemned the attacks on OTV, LBC and the photographer of Al-Nashra website by relatives of 11 Lebanese pilgrims, who were abducted in Syria in May by the SSA.
Riots erupted after unverified television reports claimed the Shiite pilgrims were killed in Wednesday's air strike in the northern town of Aazaz.