Emotional farewell for victims of kidnap-murder
By Rym Ghazal
Daily Star staff
Saturday, April 28, 2007
BEIRUT: Hundreds of mourners bid Ziad Qabalan and Ziad Ghandour farewell on Friday in a funeral procession awash with tears and strewn with flowers, a day after the bodies of the two kidnapped Sunni youths were recovered in Jadra, south of Beirut. "God is great, God is great" chanted a wave of mourning family and friends following the two coffins through heavily guarded streets to their final resting place at a cemetery in the neighborhood of Qasqas.
Alongside Lebanese flags, members of the procession carried the banners of the pro-government Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and those of the allied Sunni Future Movement. Qabalan was a member of the PSP, as was Ghandour's father.
"Oh my son, I can't believe you are gone," wept Mounir Ghandour, who was hospitalized a day earlier and struggled to keep up with the procession.
"Hizbullah decided not to send someone on the first day of the funeral to avoid any awkwardness or escalation," Hizbullah spokesman Ghaleb Abu Zeinab told The Daily Star. "A funeral is a national matter, and so Hizbullah
"It was the Shamas family, and they will pay for it!" said Sawsan Qorfali, 40, who came with her family to the funeral. "When they killed Ghandour, it is like they killed one of my sons," she said, standing next to her son Rabieh, 14.
The Lebanese Army and police were heavily deployed along the streets and outside the mosque, with a particular concentration on roads dividing the predominately Shiite areas of the southern suburbs and the mostly Sunni areas of Tariq al-Jdideh and Qasqas.
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