HADDATHA, Lebanon: The southern town of Haddatha bid farewell Tuesday to Abbas Karnib, who died as a result of his wounds Monday after being caught in the Jan. 2 suicide bombing that struck Beirut’s southern suburbs.
Karnib’s father, known as Abu Moussa, was visibly grief-stricken, leaning on his cane for support as he accepted condolences from colleagues and friends of his late son, speaking of martyrdom, patience and pain.
Thirteen years after losing his son Hussein, Abbas’ brother, who died fighting to expel Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, Abu Moussa followed his youngest son’s coffin through the same streets and farmland.
Karnib’s 14-year-old son Mohammad stood firmly beside his grandfather, smiling sadly to himself at times as if retreating into a tender memory of his father.
Karnib, 52, was a head technician at Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, which reported that he worked for the channel for more than 20 years and took on a variety of posts including head of the station’s broadcasting department.
Karnib is survived by his wife and four children, the station said, adding that he had been held in Israeli prisons.
Karnib’s body was borne by funeral procession from Khaldeh, south of Beirut, to his native village of Haddatha in Bint Jbeil.
Once the procession arrived in Haddatha, the casket, draped in a yellow Hezbollah flag, was carried on the shoulders of mourners to the his home where his widow, daughters and female relatives said their final goodbyes. Before the casket was carried away, Abu Moussa asked that it be opened so he could see his son’s face one last time before the burial.
The burial was attended by a number of religious and political figures, including Hezbollah lawmakers Mohammad Fneish and Hasan Fadlallah. Amal Movement MP Ali Bazzi was also among those in attendance, as well as the former head of Al-Manar, Abdallah Qassir.
Sheikh Ali Yassin, head of the Muslim Scholars of Tyre, performed the final prayers over the body before it was lowered into the ground.
Karnib’s passing brings the death toll of the attack on Haret Hreik to five. More than 75 others were wounded in the bombing, the third explosion to target Beirut’s southern suburbs since July 2013. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has claimed responsibility. Gunfire erupted in the southern suburbs Monday following news of his death.