Kuwaiti hostage freed in Lebanon

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A Kuwaiti man who was abducted by gunmen last week said his kidnappers wrongfully accused him of being a rebel commander for the Free Syrian Army, AFP reported.

Essam al-Houti was released Monday (August 27th) at the home of Bassam Tleyss, a high-ranking member of the Amal political party of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, according to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency.

Houti said he was seized in the Bekaa Valley -- where he lives -- by unidentified gunmen who accused him of participating in the armed opposition against Syrian President Bashar Assad. He was seized from his car in the town of Howsh al-Ghanam, according to security officials.

Abductions have fuelled fears about the potential spread of violence from Syria into Lebanon. An armed clan kidnapped 20 Syrians earlier this month in retaliation for the abduction of a family member in Syria.

Kuwait and several other Gulf states recently ordered their citizens, who often take vacations in Lebanon, to leave the country in the face of threats.