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Conflict Incident Report

Clans trade fire after Baalbek mayor shooting

Date of incident: 
March 17, 2015
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Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

The rival Awada and Ismail clans clashed overnight using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in the eastern city of Baalbek, a day after the city's mayor was attacked, security sources said Tuesday.

The sources told The Daily Star that the confrontation began when a member of the Awada clan opened fire on Sobhi Ismail’s house in Hay al-Masihiya around midnight.

Members of the Ismail family responded by firing RPGs at the house of Baalbek mayor Mohammad Awada, who was shot early Monday in his legs. His home is located in the Baalbek town of Douris. Exchanges of gunfire ensued for about 45 minutes.

No one was hurt in the clashes, which ended after the Lebanese Army intervened.

The mayor was shot and wounded Monday by gunmen believed to be from the Ismail clan in what appeared to be an act of revenge over a shooting incident last year, the sources told The Daily Star.

He was still in the hospital recovering from the gunshot wounds to his legs. Awada was accused of being behind a July incident that left two members of the Ismail clan seriously wounded.

Primary category: 
Heavy Artillery [inc.rocket attacks]
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Classification of conflict (primary): 
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.