Kidnapped Syrian Child Released After Family Pays Ransom

An eight-year-old Syrian boy, whose kidnapping caused outrage across the Arab state has been freed after his family, paid a bulky ransom.

Fawaz Al-Qataifan was reunited with his family after paying the kidnappers a ransom fee of 400 million Syrian pounds (around $160,000), who seized him in the southern city of Daraa province in November, state media said.

Fawaz was abducted by four people who were riding two motorcycles while he was on his way to school.

The release made as earlier this month a distressing video posted online, in which Fawaz was being tortured by his captors and also can be heard screaming “For God’s sake, don’t hit me.”

Darra Police Commander Brigadier Dirar al-Dandal said they had arrested four suspects last week by tracing a telephone number used to send threats.

According to al-Dandal, the kidnappers had cut off their communication for a whole day after arresting their person.

Al-Dandal said they did not interfere a lot as the kidnappers had warned to kill the child, but he said investigation is being launched. 

Mohammad al-Qataifan, Fawaz’s father, expressed his great joy at the liberation of his child and his return to the warm embrace of his family in good health.


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