Relatives carry the coffin of Mohammed Abu Diab, a bodyguard of the former Lebanese minister Wiam Wahhab, during his funeral in the village of al-Jahiliya, in Mount Lebanon, December 2, 2018. AFP / Mustafa JAMALEDDINE
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Rival leaders called for calm Sunday, a day after Lebanon teetered on the verge of sectarian strife as security forces tried to bring in pro-Syrian politician Wiam Wahhab for questioning over insulting remarks he made against Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.The raid by the Internal Security Forces' Information Branch, based on a judicial summons from the state prosecutor, on the home of former Minister Wahhab in the Chouf village of Jahilieh left one of his bodyguards dead after the ISF unit came under fire Saturday evening in the operation to take Wahhab.While Wahhab claimed that his longtime bodyguard had been shot dead by ISF sniper fire, the ISF said in a statement that Abou Diab had in fact been wounded by friendly fire from other Wahhab supporters.In a TV talk show last week, Wahhab assailed Hariri, saying he was not fit to serve as a prime minister.Wahhab's attacks against Hariri continued in the video that circulated on social media, appearing to blast Hariri, as well as Rafik Hariri, without naming them.
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