TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A family feud in North Lebanon was formally ended Wednesday, after intensive efforts by politicians, religious figures and an Army intelligence officer.
The clans of Alam and Alam Hawshar gathered in the town of Sir in Dinnieh to cement the reconciliation, which was necessitated by the accidental murder last year of an Army private.
Sgt. Mohammad Tahsin Alam Hawshar, was killed on Aug. 19 during a fracas with the rival Alam clan.
A committee, supervised by Dar al-Fatwa, decided that the Alam family, as the responsible party for the death, would pay $200,000 to the deceased’s relatives to settle the incident.
However, the Alam Hawshar clan was ordered to pay $35,000 to cover the damages arising from the incident. The committee ruled that the clan smashed a car and incited the clash.
Former Dinnieh MP Jihad Samad, and Brig. Gen. Amer al-Hasan from Army Intelligence in North Lebanon, along with area sheikhs, were responsible for concluding the agreement.
Strict security measures were in place during the ceremony, which saw roads in the town festooned with banners thanking the army, MP Samad and Dar al-Fatwa for their efforts.