SIDON, Lebanon: A Palestinian man was wounded Monday in a dispute in the southern coastal city of Sidon over a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, security sources told The Daily Star.
Using a hunting rifle, Lebanese Hilal Azzam shot at Palestinian Rami Zaydan who was contesting the former’s burning of an Assad poster, the sources said.
Azzam parked his vehicle near al-Nejmeh Square, got out and set the poster on fire, the sources said. The Lebanese then shot several rounds in the air as Zaydan began approaching him before taking direct aim at the Palestinian.
Residents who saw the incident said Azzam was shouting that “Sidon will not allow anyone to carry Assad posters in the city,” referring to a protest over the weekend in support of the Syrian president.
The sources also linked the incident to the protest a day earlier that saw some 400 Syrian workers marching in Haret Saida and holding posters of Assad, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.