Lebanon – Amal official shot dead in Beirut, two wounded in Baalbek gunfire

(The Daily Star, September 30, 2010)

A Lebanese man walks past a bullet riddlAn Amal Movement official, who was trying to contain a family feud in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh was killed late Tuesday night.

The Amal Movement official, Abbas al-Mestrah, received three gunshots in the chest while trying to contain an armed fight that erupted between individuals from the families Atwi, Mahmoud, Dbouq and Berro. Mestrah was rushed to the nearby Bahman hospital but soon succumbed to his wounds at 4 am Tuesday. The gunfight created a state of panic in Burj al-Barajneh and surrounding areas, according to a report carried by the state-run National News Agency (NNA).

In August, two members of Shiite Hizbullah and one member of the Sunni Islamic Charitable Projects, better known as Al-Ahbash, died while trying to contain clashes that erupted in the Beirut neighborhood of Burj al-Barajneh. The clashes also destroyed several properties and one mosque in the area was set ablaze.

Separately, an unknown individual fired at Rabih Mazloum and Mustapha Zeaiter late on Tuesday in the Shrawneh neighborhood of the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek, wounding both. The NNA said Mazloum and Zeaiter were questioned to determine the cause of the attack