Lebanon News

Gruesome death discovered in Ain al-Rummaneh

electrical cables were stolen in north and south Lebanon Friday. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A gruesome crime scene in the Beirut suburb of Ain al-Rummaneh and thefts around the country topped Friday’s police reports.

The National News Agency reported that a man identified by his initials, N. Sh., was found dead in his room in Ain al-Rummaneh. The victim’s blood was found on his bed and stained across his bedroom walls.

In Beirut near the Cite Sportive, a car belonging to Khodor Amhaz was shot at while driving near a wholesale vegetable market. The suspect sped off after the shooting caused only material damage to Amhaz’s car. In the Metn Town of Jdeideh, three unidentified muggers assaulted Syrian national Monzer Mashout with empty beer bottles and stole his wallet near the Almaza brewery before fleeing the scene, police said.

Separately, a man died in the prisoner room at Nawfal Hospital in Ramlet al-Baida. The prisoner was admitted late Thursday night after being transferred from Roumieh Prison after suffering from severe diarrhea and low blood pressure.

In the Metn town of Sadd alBoushrieh, Syrian Ahmad Makhlouf died after being electrocuted at his home and the police have launched an investigation into the incident.

In Zghorta, a woman was admitted to Recovery Hospital after she took 60 aspirin pills, and was reported to be in stable condition.

The NNA also reported a number of muggings and thefts. Police said four separate incidents of pickpocketing were reported in the Beirut neighborhoods of Badaro and Moseitebeh, with Syrian nationals the victims in each one. The sums of money taken were not disclosed.

Similarly, a Syrian man was detained after stealing a woman’s handbag in the Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud, as police returned the item and opened an investigation into whether the culprit was working alone.

In the Chouf village of Dahr alMaghara, Hanna Saed Dagher was allegedly assaulted and robbed by Saleh Ali Jbeir, a Syrian national, while working in her home. Police said the suspect fled the scene after taking jewelry and an unidentified sum of money.

Meanwhile, thieves stole 1,000 meters of electric cable wires in the Dinnieh village of Hissa. In a similar incident in south Lebanon, thieves stole 750 meters from the public network in the border village of Dibil, causing a blackout in the region.

In the nearby village of Khiam, a man broke into the home of Youssef Abdullah and stole items worth $5,000, police said.

In south Lebanon three suspects were accused of defrauding several merchants and individuals in the Nabatieh area, using forged checks from Bank Audi and Credit Bank signed with fake names, the NNA reported. Police also confiscated hashish and cocaine from the homes of the three suspects.

Along the Obeidat road in Jbeil, statues of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and the cross were destroyed and investigations are under way to identify the suspects and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 16, 2013, on page 3.




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