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In memorial service, US ambassador calls killing of Lebanese activist Slim barbaric

'This was a barbaric act, unforgivable and unacceptable,' Dorothy Shea said in a speech at the service which was held at the family home in Beirut's Dahiya quarter

Reuters , Thursday 11 Feb 2021
Beirut, Lebanon
Relatives and friends of Lokman Slim, a Shia publisher and activist, stand during a gathering to pay tribute to him, one week after he was found dead in his car, in Beirut, Lebanon February 11, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)
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The US ambassador to Lebanon paid a rare visit to a quarter of Beirut that is a Hezbollah stronghold to attend the memorial service for activist Lokman Slim on Thursday.

He was shot dead and found in his car last Thursday in south Lebanon - the first killing of a high-profile activist in years.

"This was a barbaric act, unforgivable and unacceptable," Dorothy Shea said in a speech at the service which was held at the family home in Beirut's Dahiya quarter.

Slim ran a research centre, made documentaries with his wife and led efforts to build an archive on Lebanon's 1975-1990 sectarian civil war.

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