BEIRUT: An employee of An-Nahar newspaper and a young Syrian refugee girl were among the victims of Thursday’s car bomb in Beirut’s southern suburbs and forensic tests have yet to confirm the death of a policeman and his two daughters. Mohammad Safa, 34, had worked as an accountant for the Beirut daily since 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Rania Ahmad Serri, and two daughters, Lynn and Julia.
The Amel Association announced that Samah, a 9-year-old girl who fled to Lebanon with her family from fighting in war-torn Syria, also lost her life in the explosion in Ruwaiss. The Syrian girl’s father, mother and sister also sustained burns in the incident.
Meanwhile, six people remained unaccounted for: Saleh Abbas, a first sergeant major with the Internal Security Forces; his three children, Mohammad, Maryam and Malak; Jad Ali Jaafar; and Mohammad Mehaideli.
The body of Mohammad Jaber was discovered under the rubble Friday, after he was originally counted among the missing.
The Lebanese Army asked relatives of the missing individuals to undergo DNA tests to help in identification. At least two dozen people were killed and almost 300 wounded in the blast.