Lebanon News

Turkish hostage given medication after falling ill

Aydin Tufan Tekin, a Turk kidnapped by the Meqdad clan, looks on during an interview with two Turkish journalists at his captors' house in the suburbs of Beirut August 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Aydin Tufan Tekin, the Turkish citizen held hostage by the Meqdad clan in Lebanon, was given medication by a doctor Monday after falling ill, the clan's spokesman told The Daily Star.

“[Tekin] was given a number of medications by a doctor who visited him twice yesterday and today,” Maher Meqdad said.

Meqdad said the doctor’s visits came at the request of the Turkish hostage. When asked about the nature of Tekin's illness, Meqdad said he was unfamiliar with the details.

Two Turkish men were kidnapped this week in Lebanon. Businessman Aydin Tufan Tekin was kidnapped upon his arrival in Beirut Wednesday by the Meqdad clan, which also abducted over 20 Syrians, in retaliation for the recent abduction of one of their members, Hassan Meqdad, in Damascus.

Another Turkish citizen, Abdel-Basset Arslan, was kidnapped at dawn Friday, but the Meqdad family has denied involvement in his abduction.





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