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Lebanese industry minister assassinated


Lebanon’s minister of Industry Pierre Gemayel has been assassinated near Beirut. Authorities say gunmen opened fire on Gemayel’s convoy as it passed through the Christian Sin el-Fil neighbourhood in Beirut. Gemayel, 34, an outspoken critic of Syria is said to have died of his wounds in hospital. The country is currently embroiled in a political crisis, with the anti-Syrian ruling majority pitted against the pro-Damascus opposition. The parliamentary majority leader Saad al-Hariri is quoted as saying “the hand of Syria” is behind the death.

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