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Syrian teens accused of 'honor killing'

Protesters carry banners in Arabic that read "Vote for us so we vote for you" as they call for the adoption of the law protecting women from domestic violence near the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT/TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Internal Security Forces launched an investigation Friday after two minor Syrian brothers allegedly strangled their 24-year-old sister to death in what was said to be an "honor killing."

A security source in the northern city of Tripoli said the brothers – Adel and Nader Abdul-Qader al-Turk – claimed to have strangled their sister because she would constantly leave the house at night without them knowing where or who she was seeing.

A statement by ISF said the brothers, aged 13 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of their sister, only identified by her first name, Dayala.

ISF said the murder took place Thursday in the village of Didde, in the northern province of Koura.

It said Dayala's father arrived with his 16-year-old son at the police station in Dahr al-Ain, Koura, to report the killing.

The state-run National News Agency said the woman’s body had been found lying on the street near Frere school in Didde.

Lebanon recently passed a new law aimed at domestic violence that was amended to address all forms of violence in family situations. Activists had pushed for several years for the state to address the number of women beated and killed by their husbands and other family members.

 

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