BEIRUT: The Army’s 40-year-old Lt. Col. Noureddine Jamal, who died during clashes in Arsal, was laid to rest Monday in the Bashoura cemetery, in a funeral that gathered hundreds of his friends, colleagues and supporters.
A crowd of around 500 people, many in uniforms, accompanied the last trip of Jamal’s body, resting in a white coffin covered with a Lebanese flag.
The funeral procedures started near Beirut Arab University in Tariq al-Jadideh, where the lieutenant’s casket arrived, coming from the Army’s Military Hospital.
The crowd then walked to the Khashoggi mosque in Qasqas, where prayers were held for Jamal.
The angry and grieving friends shot their guns into the air near the mosque, while his colleagues from the Army carried the coffin to the ambulance. The mourners then walked their lost colonel to Bashoura cemetery near Downtown Beirut.
The Tariq al-Jadideh born Jamal was enrolled in the army in 1990, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2012. His brother, the retired Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Jamal, is an advisor to the Future Movement leader and former prime minister, Saad Hariri.
The lieutenant, who is survived by his wife and three children, was also a member of the prominent Lebanese prominent football Al-Ansar, which released a statement mourning him and calling on fans to participate in his funeral.
Jamal was one of the 11 troops mourned by the Lebanese Army over the weekend, after being killed in the Army’s clashes with extremist militants in the eastern village of Arsal.
Lance Cpl. Nader Yussef, 33, and Lance Cpl. Omar Nhaili, 23, were also mourned in a funeral, gathering hundreds at their home city Akkar in north Lebanon.
Yussef, survived by his wife and one child, and Nhaili, were carried to a funeral attended by numerous friends and colleagues, as well as by representatives of the Army chief, the Defense minister and the Future Movement.
Zahle also mourned two of its sons: Lance Cpl. Ibrahim Al-Amouri, 30, born in Qobb Elias, and Lance Cpl. Walid Majdalani, 27, born in the village of Ain Kfar Zabad.
Likewise, two soldiers from the Baalbek area sacrificed their lives in Arsal’s clashes. Lance Cpl. Jaafar Nasreddine, 28, from Al-Ain, and soldier Hussein Hamieh, 20, from Taraya.
Three young Army recruits were also killed by the Syrian militants, with the oldest, Hassan Mehieddine from Fakiha in Baalbek, aged less than 22 years.
Khaldoun Raouf Hammoud, 19, from Al-Aqbe in Rashayyah and Mohammad Ali Al-Ijl, 21, from Jdeidet and Qoteih in Akkar, were also in the list of soldiers who were killed by Arsal’s militants.