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Conflict Incident Report

Soldier, civilian killed in Baalbeck family dispute

Date of incident: 
June 16, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Lebanese Civilians

A Lebanese Army soldier and a civilian were killed this weekend in clashes between members of one family in the Baalbeck town of Sireen al-Fawqa, an Army statement said Sunday.
Army Sgt. Hussein Mafleh Shoman and Mona Abdullah Shoman were both killed in the conflict that broke out Saturday between members of the Shoman family. Five others were reportedly injured before the Army was able to intervene in the fighting to restore order.
It remains unclear whether Sgt. Shoman was involved in the fighting in his capacity as a soldier or as a family member.
The conflict – which reportedly took the form of a shootout – was sparked by “family reasons,” the statement said.
Four people suspected of taking part in the firefight were arrested in raids later Saturday, and work was underway to detain other persons involved, the Army said.
The Army also seized four hand grenades and some light ammunition and military equipment, in addition to a number of “communication devices.”

Primary category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
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.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.