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Mourning in Lebanon as ex-minister is laid to rest

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 01:30

Dec. 29 - Slain ex-minister Mohamad Chatah is laid to rest in the mausoleum where ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is buried, in central Beirut. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A day of mourning in Lebanon as hundreds gather at a Beirut mosque Sunday to bury Mohamed Chatah, a former minister killed in a car bomb Friday. He is set to be buried next to buried next to slain ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Chatah,an opposed of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a massive bomb blast Friday. One of his political allies blamed the Shi'ite Hezbollah militia. The attack in Beirut killed at least five other people. It threw Lebanon, which has already been drawn into neighbouring Syria's conflict, into further turmoil after a series of sectarian bombings aimed at Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims over the past year. Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora says group will launch peaceful protests against Hezbollah. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FORMER LEBANESE PRIME MINISTER FOUAD SINIORA SAYING: ''Oh, Lebanese, the sons of the Independence Revolution, the forces of March 14, we have a date with you at the squares for democratic and peaceful action. We have decided to liberate our country from the occupation of arms, we have decided to liberate our country.'' Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to help Assad's forces against rebels in the civil war, condemned Friday's blast as a "horrible crime".

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Mourning in Lebanon as ex-minister is laid to rest

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 01:30