Locals in a northern Lebanese town called on authorities Tuesday to evict all Syrians from the area a day after a Syrian citizen allegedly shot dead a local man in a personal dispute.
The announcement in the Christian mountain resort town of Bcharre came after a night of riots against Syrians in the town during which some homes of Syrians were reportedly torched and individuals were attacked in the streets. The Lebanese army said that as of Monday night, troops had begun conducting patrols in the town, adding the accused killer surrendered to security forces and an investigation had begun.
The army said the killing came amid a dispute between resident Joseph Tawk and a Syrian citizen who worked at a home near a plot of land owned by the victim. Officials only identified the Syrian with his initials, M K, and released no additional details on the dispute.