BEIRUT: Arsal residents and relatives of a missing soldier held a sit-in Sunday in of the northeastern town as they called on the government to exert efforts to reveal his fate.
Local figures and relatives of Shahada Deeb al-Fliti, who disappeared last month, gathered outside Arsal's municipality building and urged officials to help them locate the 28-year-old.
Fliti was serving at the military center in the Beirut suburb of Hadath on Sept. 19 when his family lost contact with him around 8 p.m. that night.
A security source told The Daily Star that Fliti contacted his wife an hour before he went missing. His wife reported him missing after she attempted to reach him over his phone several times to no avail.
"Twenty-eight days have passed and we are still living in difficult times without knowing his fate," the residents and relatives said in a statement.
"We, the residents of Arsal, have offered many martyrs for the sake of the nation's unity and land, and we leave it up to officials to notify us of new information about our son,” it added.
The statement also said that Fliti is a father of two and also helps support two other families in the town. He has been with the Army for nine years.