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Police arrest shooter for recorded sectarian remarks

Palestinians walk in the Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj al-Barajneh, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Police Thursday said they arrested a man for making inflammatory, sectarian statements while shooting in the air during Liberation Day nearly two months ago.

In a statement, the Internal Security Forces identified the man as A.H., 43, who was arrested in the capital's Burj al-Barajneh suburb.

Police said the man has several warrants against him on charges of theft, shooting, arms possession and possession of fake IDs.

On May 25, a video circulated on social media of the man, dressed in military gear, standing on the rooftop of a building and shooting in the air, allegedly celebrating the speech of Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

"In hopes of liberating all of Baabda from the coming president,” the man said, speaking to the camera before he began firing shots.

The man behind the camera responds with "Amen.”

"On Al-Tariq al-Jadideh!" the man continued, before firing enthusiastically in the air, referring to the Sunni-dominant Beirut neighborhood known to be rivals with Shiite residents in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

He then fired several rounds of shots for Syrian President “Bashar Assad’s eyes” and those of Speaker Nabih Berri.

“No more ammunition,” he said, before gloating that he had fired 300 bullets in total.

 

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