I was shocked to discover that two journalists at the Jordan Times went missing during the Eid holiday while in Lebanon.
AMMAN – The search continued on Wednesday for The Jordan Times editor and reporter Taylor Luck, 23, and freelance writer Holli Chmela, 27, who went missing during a vacation in Lebanon during the Eid Al Fitr holiday.
A statement from the US embassy in Amman yesterday said the families of Chmela and Luck were asking for the publicâ€™s assistance in providing information on the possible whereabouts of the two US citizens.
â€œThey have not been heard from since October 1, 2008 when they reportedly departed Beirut en route to Byblos and Tripoli,â€ the statement said. [source]
Elsewhere in Beirut…
A Jordanian mother and her three daughters, aged eight, five and three, were kidnapped on Thursday while they were in their private car waiting for the father who was late behind at the Beau Rivage Hotel where they were staying while spending the Eid Al Fitr holiday.
The father, Motaz Abu Hammoudeh, said over the phone from Beirut yesterday that he and the family â€œwere preparing ourselves on Thursday morning to go sightseeing. My wife and three daughters went downstairs 10 minutes ahead of me, but when I got out of the hotel I didnâ€™t find them or the carâ€.
He added that his white Peugeot 206 was parked in front of the hotel when an unknown person jumped in the driver seat while his family was in the car and quickly drove away. His wife does not drive, he said. [source
UPDATE: Holli and Taylor are detained in Syria for entering without a visa. The details are still absent. Ammoun has a report.