Lebanon News

Former Assir supporter surrenders to Army

A general view shows Ain al-Hilweh and Taamir, front, and the city of Sidon in the background, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A former supporter of notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir handed himself in Wednesday at a Lebanese Army checkpoint at the entrance of the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, a security source told The Daily Star.

The man, identified as Abdelrazak Kh., was a former supporter of Assir before he joined Palestinian Islamist fugitive Haitham al-Shaabi in Ain al-Hilweh, the source said. He has been wanted by Lebanese authorities for his support of Assir.

The Army has been cracking down on loyalists of Assir, who led the 2013 Abra clashes against the Army. Assir was sentenced to death after a trial following his detention at Beirut's airport in August 2015.

Ain al-Hilweh has long been known as a safe haven for fugitives and wanted people, but in recent years many have turned themselves in following an agreement between Lebanon and Palestinian authorities in the camp that those who do will receive fair and swift trials.

 

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