Sheikh Maher Hammoud fixes his beard at he takes the elevator in Sidon, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Pro-Hezbollah Sunni Sheikh brushes off death threatsThere was a call issued last week over social media networks for his death, but Sheikh Maher Hammoud brushed off the threat, saying it was a product of takfiri thinking. "There's no value on the statement nor should importance be given to those who issued it," Hammoud, the imam of Sidon's Al-Quds Mosque, told The Daily Star in a sit-down interview Thursday. The pro-Hezbollah sheikh said such threats were to be expected from takfiri groups, who he said had no respect for spiritual figures. Hammoud, a Sunni sheikh, is an ally of Hezbollah and Iran.Needless to say, this isn't the first time Hammoud has had death threats.Hammoud said he was relieved that General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim was handling the case.Hammoud is mediating in the cases of certain prisoners arrested in the aftermath of the Abra clashes, who he says were not actually involved in the fighting.
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