Two Aides of Lebanon’s Minister of Refugee Affairs Are Shot Fead as Convoy is Hit by Gunfire

This Feb 2, 2019 photo, shows Minister of State for Displaced Affairs Saleh al-Gharib arriving to attend a meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)
This Feb 2, 2019 photo, shows Minister of State for Displaced Affairs Saleh al-Gharib arriving to attend a meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

Two bodyguards of a Lebanese Druze minister were killed on Sunday when his convoy came under fire as it passed through an area loyal to a rival Druze faction, in what the minister called an assassination attempt.

Saleh al-Gharib, Lebanon’s minister of state for refugee affairs, is close to pro-Syrian Druze leader Talal Arslan. The area where the incident took place near Aley is loyal to anti-Damascus Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, whose Popular Progressive Party denied any involvement in the incident.

In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Jadeed TV, Gharib said “what happened was an armed ambush and a clear assassination attempt”.

SOURCE: Reuters