Lebanon tradition of celebratory gunshots comes under fire

Whether it's joy, political passion or grief, for many Lebanese, there's only one way to show it: by lifting a gun and firing off rounds into the air.  With deadly incidents making headlines, police says they have arrested more than 130 people for firing in the air since June.
It is also encouraging people to report offenders on a special hotline. In a country of four million people, just as many are licensed as personal firearms, according to Fadi Abi Allam, who heads the Permanent Peace Movement NGO.
It is a hangover from the civil war that ravaged Lebanon between 1975 and 1990.
Even the chief of the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has publicly criticised the practice, telling his supporters that shooters would be expelled from the group.


Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016 18:54 PM

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