Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Breaking News: Walid Eido Assassinated!



News services in Lebanon are reporting a massive explosion along Beirut's seafront avenue. The explosion is said to have taken place at approximately 5:46 pm (local time) in the Manara district of the city, near the Military Bath, the Beirut Sporting Basketball Stadium, the Long Beach Hotel and Resort, and the Nejmeh Football club field.

News services have confirmed the death of Future Movement MP Walid Eido in the explosion!!

Preliminary reports indicate the number of casualties to be ten dead and twenty wounded. Two of the MP's bodyguards as well as his son Khaled were reported among the dead.

Also reported among the dead were two players on the Nejmeh Football Club, Hussein Dakmak and Hussein al Amin. Dakmak had also played for Lebanon's national team on several occassions.

PSP MPs Akram Chehayeb and Marwan Hamadeh (himself the survivor of an assassination attempt within 400 meters of this one) have confirmed the death of Future Movement MP Walid Eido.

The PSP and Future Movement are both members of the anti-Syrian March 14th alliance which has sought to reinstate Lebanese sovereignty after 15 years of Syrian occupation and in the wake of the assassination of Future Movement founder and former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The MP's have blamed Syria for this latest assassination and have labelled it as a "Syrian Answer" to the establishment of the International Tribunal to try those accused of killing the former Prime Minister and 22 others on February 14th, 2005.

The location of the explosion is popular with afternoon strollers and is adjacent to a nearby amusement park and several cafes (in addition to the sports clubs and beaches mentioned earlier). Fellow blogger, Charles Malik, provides a first hand account of the explosion from a cafe less than 50 meters away.


Image as seen on the official website of the Lebanese Forces and Yahoo!News.

6 comments:

  1. The new 'plan B' - pick off the MP's until there is a new 'majority' in the Parliament for the election of the President. May he rest in Peace

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  2. Anonymous6:40 PM

    omg......as if its a dream....ayre bi kell yalli bi2oulo 2enno hole msh sourya w klebo....metel 7asan nasrallah w 3on w erslen w frangiyyeh

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  3. Anonymous6:47 PM

    freakin Syria is fighting along all fronts to come back to Lebanon.......

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  4. Arabic Coffee Pot7:28 PM

    Reports emerging from the scene indicate that the bomb weighed approximately 75 kg.

    Former President Amin Gemayel, who's son was also assassinated by the Syrian regime, voiced concern about what he labelled as a redistribution of parliamentary power or seats as more and more M14 MP's get assassinated.

    It looks like if the Syrians (and pro-Syrians) can't have new elections, they'll blow up their way towards a Parliamentary majority!

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  5. Let me predict that Lahound will refuse once again to have an election to replace an assassinated MP.

    Perhaps it's time for the Government to declare a "State of Emergency". This will by-pass Lahoud and Berri completely.

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  6. Renée C.9:27 PM

    This just makes me sick! :-(

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