Syrian official killed in Lebanon

18 July 2013

Official was a prominent supporter of Bashar al-Assad

A senior Syrian official has been killed in the southern Lebanese town of Sarafand.

Mohammed Darrar Jamo, the head of the political and international relations division of the International Organisation for Arab Immigrants and a prominent supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was shot by gunmen in the early hours of 17 July.

Jamo frequently expressed support for President Al-Assad when appearing as a political expert on Arabic TV programmes. It is still unclear who had carried out the attack.

The killing is the latest of an increasing number of violent incidents in Lebanon, as the conflict in Syria spills over the border into Lebanon.

On 9 July, more than 50 people were injured as a car bomb went off in an area in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut. The bomb attack occurred in an area dominated by the Shia group Hezbollah.

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