The Lebanese Army is investigating the residences of convicts and suspects in the al-Sharawneh area, looking for two Syrian teenagers that were kidnapped from the Bekaa Valley.
Siblings Mouhannad, 13, and Ghaleb, 15, were kidnapped in October when they were on their way home from school.
According to the teenagers’ uncle Mohammad Mcheik, the kidnappers phoned him from a foreign number and threatened to sell the boys’ organs unless a $350,000 ransom was paid.
The army closed the al-Sharawneh neighborhood on Monday at 5 am to conduct its investigation.
Crime has significantly increased in Lebanon, also against minors. Last week a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in his home in South Lebanon.