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Leading Shia Muslim cleric dies in Beirut

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Leading Shia Muslim cleric dies in Beirut


Lebanon’s leading Shia Muslim cleric has died at the age of 74.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah is seen as a key figure in the founding of the militant group Hezbollah and is often described as its “spiritual guide.”

Categorised as a terrorist by the US, the Ayatollah had a wide following among Shias and backed the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

But he was also known for his moderate social views, particularly on the role of women in Islamic society.

Hospital officials in Beirut say the Ayatollah was admitted two days ago suffering from internal bleeding.

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