BEIRUT: The body of a 13-year-old Syrian boy was pulled Thursday from a Bekaa Valley river where he was seen swimming earlier, security sources said.
They said Mustafa Mahmoud Sheikh al-Shabab was a Syrian refugee whose family had fled to Lebanon in order to protect their children from the war in their country.
Police and Civil Defense responders launched a search after reports that the boy had not resurfaced after going into the Taanayel river Wednesday.
Following an examination of the body, the coroner said the boy drowned.
The body was taken to the Bekaa Hospital.