Kidnap & Ransom Bulletin - July 2011

Kidnap and Ransom Bulletin - July 2011


Middle East and North Africa

The civil unrest in the Middle-East and North Africa during the first half of 2011, a period known as the Arab Spring, has had a profound effect on the security situation within much of the region.

Governments and security forces have been destabilised and levels of crime and other related security threats have increased for the local population and foreigners alike. This has highlighted a number security-related incidents that a Kidnap & Ransom (K&R) Insurance policy is designed to tackle, both in terms of financial protection and the provision of crisis response services. 


Kidnap-for-ransom incidents in the Middle-East and North Africa have historically been concentrated in a small number of countries notably Iraq, Yemen, Algeria and Sudan, with broad swathes of the region having historically low levels of K&R incidents, in part due to the severe punishments for such crimes. However an increase in cases have been seen in several countries of the region in 2011, taking advantage of the power vacuum created by political instability.

Both Libya and Egypt saw a wave of abductions during the demonstrations and violence that engulfed both countries. Neither country has a history of kidnapping and so it will be interesting to see how this situation develops as the political and social situation evolves.

While Lebanon was not subjected to serious unrest, there has been a noticeable increase in reported kidnapping incidents.

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