Lebanese authorities to investigate deadly shooting

The meeting came a day after a shooting in a mountain village near Beirut killed two guards of Saleh al-Gharib, the minister of state handling refugee issues.

1 July 2019 | 19:00

Source: Aassociated Press

  • Source: Aassociated Press
  • Last update: 1 July 2019 | 19:00

This picture shows the traffic in Khaldeh the night of the shooting happened.

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s top defense council has ordered an investigation into a deadly shooting that left two people dead and others wounded.

The Higher Defense Council held a meeting Monday attended by the president, prime minister, Cabinet ministers and heads of Lebanon’s security and military agencies.

The meeting came a day after a shooting in a mountain village near Beirut killed two guards of Saleh al-Gharib, the minister of state handling refugee issues.

The shooting came as supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party, led by Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, closed roads to prevent Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil from touring the region. Bassil and al-Gharib are allies.

The Higher Defense Council said in a statement that it “took decisive decisions to restore security without hesitation and to detain all those wanted.”

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