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Hezbollah delegation visits Lassa over recent killing

  • FILE - Army and security personnel have deployed heavily in Lassa. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah delegation visited over the weekend Lassa to offer condolences over the recent killing of a father and son who hailed from the Jbeil town that has sparked anger in the northeastern region.

“A delegation from the party, headed by Sheikh Hasan Zeaiter, visited the town of Lassa and offered condolences to the Saifeddine family,” a statement from the resistance group said Saturday.

Two members of the Saifeddine family were killed Thursday in an individual clash in the region.

Ghassan Saifeddine and his son Hadi were shot and killed Thursday after the former got into a dispute with a man over the right of way in the Kesrouan town of Wata al-Joz, which connects Jbeil to Kesrouan.

Angered over the killing and failure to apprehend the perpetrator, who was identified as 24-year-old Anthony Khalil from Harajel, residents in Lassa, a predominantly Shiite town, have protested and warned of grave repercussions should the culprit not be handed over to the judiciary.

Relatives of the victims also vowed not to bury the bodies of the men until the killer is brought to justice.

Hezbollah said Saturday that its delegation managed to persuade the relatives to receive the bodies of their loved one for burial.

The two bodies will be buried Sunday in Lassa, amid concerns of clashes erupting over the incident in the region.

Lassa residents accuse inhabitants of Harajel of covering up for the killer.

 
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