Five people were killed in an ambush on mourners during a Hezbollah militant’s funeral in a town south of Beirut on Sunday afternoon, a security source told AFP.
Heavy shooting took place in the town of Khaldeh during the funeral of militant Ali Shibli who was killed on Saturday night during a wedding by an Arab tribesman.
Lebanese media said that the shooting on Saturday night was an act of revenge.
The Arab tribes of Khaldeh issued a statement on Saturday explaining the incident and confirming that it was a “revenge case.”
Heavy #shooting has taken place in Khaldeh town south of Beirut during the funeral of #Hezbollah militant Ali Shibli who had been killed during a wedding by an Arab tribesman.https://t.co/C5gABZWweq pic.twitter.com/C6ettKFYyb— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 1, 2021
The tribes, to which the perpetrator belongs to, issued a statement saying: “We are the Arab clans in Lebanon. It is in the traditions of our Arabs to take the rebellion if there is no reconciliation between the two quarrels, and what happened today with the killing of Ali Shibli is nothing but revenge.”
“Therefore, we wish the family of the murdered Ali Shibli to consider the killing an eye for an eye, and not to exceed that, and that we are all keen to preserve civil peace, the right of neighborhood and national participation,” the statement added.
The Lebanese army has reinforced its presence in the south of Beirut to control the situation and stop the clashes in the area, local media reported.