BEIRUT: Lebanon laid to rest Tuesday two victims of the terror attack that targeted a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Day.
Relatives and friends of Elias Wardini bid farewell to the 26-year-old fitness instructor in a funeral held in Beirut's Ashrafieh neighborhood while Haykal Mousallem was laid to rest in his hometown of Bireh in Mount Lebanon's Chouf area. Rita Shami, the third victim, will be laid to rest Thursday.
The bodies of the three victims arrived Monday in Beirut, along with five of the six Lebanese nationals who were wounded in the attack. The wounded were identified as Nidal Bsherrawi, Francois Asmar, Nasser Beshara, Melissa Papalordu, Jihad Abdul Khalek and Bushra Dweihi, daughter of Zgharta MP Estephan Dweihi.
Dweihi remains in a hospital in Istanbul after sustaining several gunshot wounds. She will return to Beirut after her condition improves.
Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani visited Tuesday the wounded at both the Saint Georges and American University hospitals in the capital.
The Lebanese victims were among 39 people killed and dozens wounded when an assailant, armed with a long-barreled weapon dressed, opened fire at the crowded Reina nightclub in the early hours of 2017. Most of the dead were foreign tourists.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack on Monday, saying a "soldier of the caliphate" had carried out the mass shooting to avenge Turkish military operations against the IS group in northern Syria.
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