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Lebanon embassy seeks security after lynching

Egypt says lynching individual and isolated case

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Lebanon's embassy in Cairo has asked Egypt for protection after receiving an anonymous pledge to avenge the lynching of an Egyptian by villagers near Beirut last week, a Lebanese official said Monday.

"The Lebanese ambassador, Khaled Ziade, has asked Egyptian authorities to provide the embassy with protection," after receiving the threatening phone call on Sunday, a government source told AFP.

"He immediately hung up after making the threat," the source added.

The caller vowed to avenge the death of Mohammed Muslem, an Egyptian suspected of murdering an elderly couple and their two young granddaughters in Ketermaya, 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Beirut, who was lynched by an angry mob on Thursday.

Muslem, 38, was being driven by a police escort to re-enact his crime when several hundred residents of Ketermaya dragged him out of the police car and beat and stabbed him to death before hanging his body on a pole with a butcher's hook.

Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign ministry called on media not to exaggerate things saying the "the whole issue doesn't deserve this media furor."

“We stress that the issue remains individual and isolated although it is a heinous crime, and we hope that no one will try to use the issue for other goals"

We stress that the issue remains individual and isolated although it is a heinous crime

Egypt foreign ministry