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Lebanese condemn deadly Israeli raid

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon Political leaders and parties Sunday condemned an Israeli air raid on a residential building in Syria that killed a former Lebanese prisoner who was released as part of a 2008 swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel said Samir Kuntar was killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential building in Jaramana, on the southeastern outskirts of Damascus.

It added that Kuntar’s funeral will take place at Howrah Zainab cemetery in Beirut’s southern suburbs at 4 p.m. Monday.

Officials and religious figures flocked to a Hezbollah hall, which the group had opened to allow the public to mourn and offer condolences in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Among those paying their respects was Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan.

The Amal Movement of Speaker Nabih Berri said in addition to Kuntar, the Israeli air raid also killed and wounded many civilians.

“This attack underscores the blatant criminal acts by the Zionist entity, which represents the state’s organized terrorism,” an Amal statement said.

It urged the international community to act immediately “to put an end to this crime and repeated infringement by the Zionist entity in the region.”

Israel released Kuntar in 2008 and he was since believed to have joined Hezbollah, which has sent hundreds of fighters to fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Kuntar received a hero’s welcome in Beirut after his release.

Source: The Daily Star

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