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'Revenge killing' at Beirut court
A man has been shot dead outside a Lebanese court in a killing that appeared to stem from a clan vendetta.

A member of the Hijazi family was killed and two others were wounded when a member of the rival Qadhi family allegedly opened fire.

Reports said the clans were pursuing a long-running dispute that had begun as an argument over grazing for goats.

The alleged attacker then jumped into his car and fled from Beirut, but he was caught later.

The dead man has been identified as Khodr Hijazi. His brother Abdul Qader and an unidentified third person were wounded.

Mustafa Qadhi was arrested as he was driving towards the northern Lebanese village of Deir Nbouh, where the two families own land.

Khodr Hijazi had reportedly just been released after serving a six-year prison sentence for killing two of Mr Qadhi's brothers.

Thursday's court hearing in east Beirut's Museum district was held to allow Mr Qadhi to appeal for a longer sentence to be imposed on Mr Hijazi, reports say.

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