Fadel Shaker’s Brother Killed in Abra Clashes

The brother of former singer Fadel Shaker was killed on Monday during the clashes between the army and the gunmen of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in Abra neighborhood of the southern city of Sidon.

“Abu Abed Shmandour was killed in Monday’s clashes with the army in Abra,” the state-run National News Agency reported.

“Six gunmen were also arrested during the army’s raids, among them is Abu Abed Shmandour’s son, who was disguised as veiled woman.”

Meanwhile, MTV said that Fadel Shaker fled the Bilal bin Rabah mosque through its backdoor and headed to the Ain el-Helweh camp.

Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said both men managed to flee the mosque with the help of armed groups around 4:00 p.m.

LBCI television also revealed that the army seized control of the houses and offices that were occupied by Asir's group, confiscating quantities of arms, equipment, uniforms and al-Nusra Front flags.

Sidon’s clashes between the army and supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir have resulted in the death of at least 16 troops.

The southern city’s clashes are one of the most intense bouts of violence in Lebanon linked to the conflict in Syria.

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