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BEIRUT: The Free Syrian Army denied Wednesday it had kidnapped Lebanese national Hassan Meqdad, hours after the Meqdad family said it had abducted at least 22 Syrian rebels and threatened to kidnap Qatari, Saudi and Turkish nationals to swap them for their missing kin.
“We have nothing to do with the kidnapping of that man,” spokesman for the FSA Col. Fahd Masri told LBCI television.
He said information made available to the FSA has it that Hassan was kidnapped Monday in the Damascus area of the holy shrine of Sayyida Zainab.
Earlier Wednesday, the Meqdad family said that it had abducted as many as 26 Syrian rebels in Lebanon.
"Kidnappings are taking place in large numbers," said Maher Meqdad, better known as Abu Ali, a member of and spokesman for the Meqdad family.
Almayadeen TV broadcast footage showing at least two men the Meqdad family said it had kidnapped.
One of the men