ISF commander Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi’s remarks during a parliamentary committee meeting on a string of abductions unleashed a flurry of reactions from political leaders and calls for further investigation Wednesday.
During a meeting of the parliamentary human rights committee Monday, Rifi disclosed critical information on several kidnappings that took place over the past two years, according to participants.
Among the victims is Joseph Sader, a Middle East Airlines manager who was abducted by unknown individuals two years ago on his way to Rafik Hariri International Airport. During the session, Rifi said the IT manager was taken to Beirut’s southern suburbs.
Rifi added that the ISF could not retrieve Sader or arrest his captors because the ISF could not carry out any search and rescue operation in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a statement that drew harsh criticisms from Hezbollah MPs. …
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