Lebanon football player Mohamad Atwi dies from stray bullet injury to head

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Lebanese football player Mohamad Atwi passed away early Friday morning from injuries sustained when a stray bullet hit him in the head a month earlier, Lebanese outlet Al Jadeed reported.

Atwi was was accidentally shot in the head August 21 after festive gunfire from a funeral for one of the victims of the Beirut explosion that left at least 190 dead.

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Atwi was in Beirut’s Al Cola area as mourners shot off rounds of bullets during the funeral of firefighter Joe Bou Saab, who died during the massive explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4, Al Arabiya English previously reported.

At the time of the injury, he suffered internal bleeding.

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Born in 1987, Atwi was a professional footballer who played as a midfielder for the national team and played for numerous clubs in the Lebanese Premier League’s first division.

A few days prior to the shooting incident, he signed a new contract to rejoin the Lebanese football club Tadamon Sour.

-Bassam Zaazaa contributed to this report.

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