QATARI NA­TION­ALS KID­NAPPED IN IRAQ

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Gun­men kid­napped at least 26 Qatari na­tion­als, which in­cluded some mem­bers of the royal fam­ily, in the Iraqi Desert while they were on a hunt­ing trip.

About 100 gun­men kid­napped 26 Qataris from their desert hunt­ing camp in the area of Busaya in the Sa­mawa desert near the Saudi bor­der, a largely des­o­late ex­panse where armed mili­tia groups pre­dom­i­nate. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mass ab­duc­tion. In a state­ment, Qatar's For­eign Min­istry said it was work­ing with the Iraqi govern­ment to se­cure their re­lease “as soon as pos­si­ble”. It added that the hun­ters had en­tered Iraqi ter­ri­tory with a per­mit from Iraq's In­te­rior Min­istry which in turn re­leased a state­ment say­ing the hun­ters were “mov­ing in a sprawl­ing desert area and did not abide by In­te­rior Min­istry in­struc­tions of not leav­ing the se­cured ar­eas to­wards un­se­cured ones”. The next day, seven Qatari cit­i­zens, one Kuwaiti na­tional and one man from Saudi Ara­bia were set free. The Arab Par­lia­ment and the GCC states have con­demned the kid­nap­ping, call­ing it a shame­ful act and a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and hu­man rights and urged the Iraqi govern­ment to take mea­sures to en­sure the safety of the ab­ductees, and re­lease them as soon as pos­si­ble.

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