Lebanon News

Soldiers wound man attempting to flee checkpoint

Lebanese soldiers patrol the area in Kfar Kila, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A man was injured overnight in Abra, east of the southern port city of Sidon, when he was shot by the Lebanese Army as he tried to flee a military checkpoint.

At almost midnight Wednesday, a car sped through a military checkpoint at the entrance to Abra without complying with the orders of the Army patrol stationed there. A military vehicle chased the car, which soon stopped outside a supermarket where its driver decided to get out and flee on foot.

In an attempt to stop the fugitive, a soldier opened fire, shooting him in the arm. The man, identified as Shafiq R., born in 2000, was then immediately taken to a nearby medical center for treatment and arrested.

According to sources familiar with the incident, the man had tried to flee through the checkpoint out of fear of being arrested for using blacked-out windows in his car.

On Wednesday, more than 90 checkpoints were set up by the Army as part of a “security day,” with patrols carrying out thorough inspections of cars and checking identification.

A similar incident occurred in the area around the Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs Wednesday afternoon, when a Syrian national was wounded and taken to hospital after reportedly failing to obey soldiers' orders.

 

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