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Stray bullet lands at mansion of Rifaat Eid’s brother

File photo shows the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood of Tripoli, north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: A stray bullet landed overnight in the front yard of a villa owned by the brother of Arab Democratic Party leader Rifaat Ali Eid in Tripoli, north Lebanon, security sources said Tuesday.

They said the incident was due to celebratory gunfire in the area.

The sources, who spoke to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity, said the bullet struck the windshield of a new Mercedes-Benz model that belonged to Eid’s brother, Thu al-Fiqar.

The car was parked in the front yard of Eid’s villa in the predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen.

No one was hurt in the incident that took place around 11 p.m., the sources said, adding that Eid was not at his residence at the time.

They said the bullet came from celebratory gunfire in Tripoli that coincided with a television interview of Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday evening.

At least one local television channel said that Thu al-Fiqar Eid had survived an assassination attempt.

There has been on-and-off fighting between supporters of Rifaat Eid in Jabal Mohsen and rivals in the nearby, predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

Eid is a fierce supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad while Bab al-Tabbaneh backs the uprising against the embattled leader.

 

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