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Conflict Incident Report

Elderly man beaten by masked assailants

Date of incident: 
September 18, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
1 person
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
On September 18th, an elderly man was left badly hurt, after masked thugs beat him while he was picking apples in Western Bekaa’s Aitanit.
The attack came as no surprise to local residents, who had called for security apparatuses to intervene after threats were repeatedly made on the man’s life.
The victim, George Samia, is responsible for keeping closed the gate that leads to Aitanit residents’ farms above the Litani River. Goat herders from nearby villages often bring their goats to pasture in the village. Samia’s activities, typically contacts the municipality when he sees trespassers on Aitanit’s grounds, made him a possible target of the herders’ frustrations.
Samia suffered a broken cheekbone and multiple cuts to his face.
Primary category: 
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.