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Assyrian, Shiite community members end feud in Metn

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 02:38 PM CT


BEIRUT: Members of the Assyrian community concluded a reconciliation with the Shiite community in the Metn town of Sadd al-Boushrieh Friday, a week after members of both groups engaged in clashes.

The incident involved members of the Zeaiter clan in the nearby town of Fanar, and the reconciliation sought to bring the leaders of the two communities together in an effort to ease down inter-sectarian tensions.

Speaking at a gathering at the Imam Ali Husseiniya, Father Safer al-Khamis said that it was unacceptable to see individual quarrels turn into a religious conflict, adding that differences in opinion should not be a cause for a clash. “No one has the right to portray individual conflicts as sectarian ones,” Khamis added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 18, 2011, on page 3.


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