Sayyed Hani Fahs attends a protest in Beirut, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Sayyed Hani Fahs, a prominent Shiite religious figure known for his open opposition to Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict, died Thursday, succumbing to a long illness.A moderate figure commanding wide respect inside and outside the Shiite community, and an advocate of cultural and religious rapprochement, Fahs was a founding member of the Permanent Conference for Inter-Lebanese Dialogue, and the Arab Team for Muslim-Christian Dialogue.In 2012, Fahs issued a statement with another anti-Hezbollah Shiite scholar, Sayyed Mohammad Hassan al-Amin, calling on Lebanon's Shiites to support the popular uprising in neighboring Syria.
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