Thousands of people have turned out in the streets of Beirut for the funeral of Walid Eido. Prominent among the mourners was the leader of Lebanon’s anti-Syrian parliamentary majority Saad al-Hariri, whose father was killed in a similar attack in 2005.
Also present by Hariri’s side was the leader of Lebanon’s Druze community, Walid Jumblatt, and many other political and religious figures.
An ally of Hariri, Eido was assassinated yesterday in a car bombing near the beachfront along with his eldest son Khaled and eight other people.
Shops, banks, and schools have closed in the capital and in many other places, and a national day of mourning has been declared.
Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is demanding that the recently-formed UN inquiry into the murder of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, blamed on Syria, be extended to include this latest attack.
Today, the Lebanese press had no doubt that Syria was again to blame, and denounced “Syrian terrorism”.
There has been no comment from Damascus. Eido is the seventh prominent anti-Syrian figure to be killed since the Hariri assassination.
The Lebanese police are saying that the methods used in the attack, and the type of explosive, are identical to those employed to kill Hariri.