A Palestinian Authority security official survived an attempted assassination on Sunday in southern Lebanon, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.
The official, Ismail Sharrouf, was traveling in his car near the Central Bank in Sidon when the vehicle came under a hail of bullets.
Sharrouf was “slightly injured” by the gunfire according to the report by NNA, an official agency of the Lebanese Republic Ministry of Information.
He was transferred to “one of Beirut hospitals under a Lebanese security guard,” NNA reported.
Thus far there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Lebanon is home to the Shi’ite Hezbollah terrorist organization, backed by Shi’ite Iran and which has been actively fighting in the Syrian civil war for the past five years on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against opposition forces that include terror groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS / Da’esh), Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) and moderate Islamic forces as well, such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Lebanon has increasingly been torn apart by disputes over the Syrian conflict, in which the Palestinian Authority has also played a role, inasmuch as that population, which is comprised of Sunni Muslims, maintains a base in Damascus as well.