BEIRUT — Syrian forces today obtained the release of a Saudi Arabian held captive for 54 days in Lebanon, the second release of a foreign hostage this week.
The release of Khaled Deeb came two days after another Saudi was freed through the efforts of Syria and the mainstream Shia Muslim militia Amal.
"I am very happy to be free," a clean-shaven Deeb told reporters at a news conference in West Beirut.
The 23-year-old Deeb said he was kidnaped Jan. 26 in the predominantly Shia slums of south Beirut by "many gunmen."
"They kept me blindfolded all the time, but not handcuffed. I was not beaten," said Deeb, dressed in beige trousers and a blue-and-white jacket.
He was asked about the identity of his kidnapers and his place of captivity.
"I don't know," he replied.
A spokesman for Syria's military intelligence chief in Lebanon, Brig. Gen. Ghazi Kenaan, said Deeb was in good health. He said Justice Minister Nabih Berri's Amal militia also played a role in Deeb's release.