The Lebanese Internal Security Forces-Information Branch has arrested four Australian nationals near the village of Al-Hadath on Wednesday after the kidnapping of Diyala and Nouh Al-Amin.
According to the Lebanese Information Ministry, a silver Hyundai drove up to Diyala (Age 6) and her brother Nouh (Age 4) as they waited with their grandmother at the local pick-up area for their school bus.
The culprits in the silver Hyundai then snatched the children and drove off after striking the grandmother in the head.
The Australian government claims that the Australian nationals apprehended by the Lebanese authorities were members of a television crew.
The group were reportedly filming a private operation by a child recovery agency involving two young children from Australia who were in Lebanon with their father.
“We are urgently seeking to confirm the crew’s whereabouts and welfare, and have offered all appropriate consular assistance,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.
The Nine Network added that the crew, working for the current affairs show “60 Minutes,” had been detained in Beirut.
“We won’t be giving out any more details, other than to say we are working with authorities to get them released and back home ASAP,” it said.
Local media named those held as reporter Tara Brown, producer Steven Rice and one or two camera operators.
The Brisbane mother of the children reportedly involved in the filming has said their Lebanese father took them for a holiday and then allegedly refused to return them to Australia, Fairfax Media reported.