News of the capture near Damascus of Hasan Miqdad, an alleged Hezbollah fighter, provoked yesterday the reaction of Lebanon's Shiite Miqdad clan close to Hezbollah which kidnapped twenty Syrians in Lebanon and a Turkish man. The retaliation sparked tension in the area around Beirut and in the eastern Beqaa valley.
In the statement issued today, the "leadership of ESL in Damascus and nearby area" states that "nobody in the ESL brigade captured Miqdad and the group which claimed responsibility for the kidnapping [with a video] does not exist. This is all an invention of the [Syrian] regime to create tension between the Lebanese and Syrians".(ANSAmed).