By Justin Salhani
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Bayan Bibi was strolling through one of Beirut’s
shopping districts last Saturday evening when an object fell from the
sky and hit her in the back. The object was a bullet.
In Lebanon, and elsewhere in the Middle East, a gun fired in the air
can be ubiquitous with weddings, funerals or when a popular politician
delivers a rousing speech.
On Saturday, Amal leader Nabih Berri was delivering a speech on the 35th
anniversary of party founder Imam Moussa al-Sadr’s disappearance.
Gunfire could be heard emanating from the streets in close proximity to
Amal’s green flag clad office by the Beirut seafront. The bullet that
struck Bibi is likely to have come from someone celebrating Berri’s
“When there is joy or sorrow people shoot their guns,” said Ali
Moussa, 38, an Amal member, outside Amal’s Ain al-Mraisse office in
Beirut. “It has a long history here and in the region.”
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