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More casualties of battles laid to rest

The family of Col. Dany Harb cry over his coffin, Wednesday,August 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Col. Dany Harb, who died during clashes in Arsal, was laid to rest in a Badaro church Wednesday. Hundreds of friends, colleagues and supporters gathered for the funeral.

Harb’s body rested in a wooden coffin decorated with his medals as well as the Lebanese flag. His casket was placed on a pedestal in front of the church’s alter. Harb was 47 and the father of two children.

The funeral procession began near Sami al-Solh Street in Badaro, where the casket was transported to the church.

Soldiers in uniform lined up against the sidewalk, lifting their rifles up as the coffin was carried passed them.

Others played a mournful tune, in a farewell gesture to their departed colleague.

Capt. Dany Fouad Khairallah, 30, who was also killed during Army clashes with armed militants in Arsal Monday, was laid to rest in Metn, east of Beirut.

He left behind a wife and newborn daughter.

Khairallah was born in Beirut on Oct. 14, 1984, and first volunteered in the Army as a cadet officer in 2003 before he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2006. In January this year, Khairallah was promoted to the rank of captain.

In Akkar, the village of Fnaydeq mourned the passing of soldier Mohammad al-Kik, who was laid to rest amid the wailing of women and the sound of gunshots.

The departed officer’s angry and grieving friends shot their guns into the air, and his wife held a pile of his clothes tightly, pressing them close to her face as she walked behind the open casket.

Kik, who was born in Akkar in 1985, joined the Army in 2005 and had a newborn child.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 07, 2014, on page 3.

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