Sheikh Hussein Atwe serves coffee at his house in Hebbarieh.(The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Last month, Atwe, a member of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, was investigated for firing rockets into Israel.Atwe's father, in his 80s, says resistance is a family tradition. His own father, Mohammad Atwe, was killed when he fell from his horse while fighting the French troops in Marjayoun in 1925, he says. Nearby, Atwe's youngest son, Mohammad, holds a toy rocket-propelled grenade.In 1987, Atwe fought with Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and later in the '90s trained with Hezbollah, he says. During the 2006 July War, he conducted joint operations with Hezbollah and was among those placed in charge of the rocket warehouse, he says. Atwe says he was released thanks to the intervention of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and representatives from Hezbollah, the Amal Movement and the Lebanese security services.
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