The father of Mazen Abu Abbas shows his son's portrait in Kamed al-loz, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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In a sleepy Western Bekaa town, Mazen Abu Abbas' solemn eyes stare at passersby from the posters hung on storefronts and houses after his death in an Army raid earlier this month.While the Army insists that Abu Abbas was part of a terrorist network operating in Kamed al-Loz, local residents say that like most townspeople, he was merely involved in providing humanitarian aid to Syrians. Abu Abbas' family echoes the story that he was only involved in helping wounded Syrians.According to Mayada and other family members, the mother of a wounded Syrian asked to rent a small, detached room adjacent to Abu Abbas' home.Abu Abbas' family, however, insist there were no weapons in the home.Regardless of whether Abu Abbas was involved in criminal activity, a tense sense of resentment for the Army has settled over Kamed al-Loz in the weeks since his death.
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