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Conflict Incident Report

Exchange of fire in Nahr El Mot

Date of incident: 
April 3, 2016
Death toll: 
1 person
Number of Injured: 
1 person
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

A young woman was killed and a fugitive was wounded in an exchange of gunfire between police and drug dealers in the Nahr el-Mot area, the Internal Security Forces announced on Sunday. “Shortly before midnight, a patrol from the Judicial Police's Anti-Terrorism and Serious Crimes Bureau came under gunfire near City Mall in Nahr el-Mot from a car carrying individuals suspected of selling narcotics in the Dora and Nahr el-Mot areas,” an ISF statement said. “The police vehicle was hit by two bullets, which obliged the policemen to respond in kind,” it added. The police gunfire “pierced the chased vehicle's tires, forcing it to stop and prompting the two individuals who were in it to flee as a young woman who was with them was wounded in the legs and back,” the ISF said. The woman, 20-year-old Lebanese national T. W., succumbed to her wounds after being rushed to a hospital in the area, the ISF added. The two suspects were arrested several hours later in the al-Jamaa neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs, the ISF said, identifying them as Syrian nationals R. H., 30, and F. L., 22. “The 9mm pistol they used in the incident was seized in their possession and it turned out that the first detainee was lightly wounded in the lower back in the exchange of gunfire,” the ISF added. The two suspects had been wanted by the judiciary on charges of “theft and the possession of firearms.” “They also confessed that they got rid of the drugs that were in their possession during their escape, handing them over to a Lebanese person called Z. Z.,” the ISF said, adding that the two suspects were referred to the Jdeideh judicial police department for further investigations.

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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.