BEIRUT: Angry citizens blocked the Hadi Nasrallah Highway and the road connecting Wata al-Joz and Mayrouba in Kesrouan to protest the killing of two men from the Jbeil town of Lassa Friday, as police identified a suspect in the case.
Protesters had gathered to call on the police to bring the killer of the two men to justice. Security sources told The Daily Star the suspect would surrender himself within 24 hours.
Protesting against the killing, at least two dozen residents from Lassa arrived at the Hadi Nasrallah Highway and briefly blocked the road. But after talks with the demonstrators, the Lebanese Army reopened the roads at noon.
Ghassan Saifeddine and his son Hadi were shot and killed Thursday after the former got involved in a dispute over right of way in the Kesrouan town of Wata al-Joz.
The incident took place when Ghassan Saifeddine, a truck driver, engaged in a quarrel with a man identified as “Khalil,” also a truck driver, in Wata al-Joz, which conects Jbeil to Kesrouan. According to eyewitnesses, Khalil shot in the direction of Saifeddine’s truck, critically wounding both the father and the son.
In a statement made Thursday evening, the ISF said investigators and police in Rayfoun had been able to identify the suspect.
According to the ISF, 24-year-old Anthony Khalil, a resident of the Kesrouan town of Harajel, was behind the shooting that resulted in the death of two members of Saifeddine family.
“After identifying the suspect, the Internal Security Forces raided his house in Harajel, but he had already fled,” the statement added.
The ISF called on the residents of Kesrouan to notify the police if they saw Khalil.
Relatives of the victims have vowed not to bury the bodies of the men until the killer is brought to justice.