By Lamia Estatie BBC News
(BBC News) – Lebanese security forces have detained a group of men who physically and verbally assaulted a Syrian refugee.
In the widely shared video of the beating, the men are heard shouting expletives at a refugee called Uklah. They demand he praises the Lebanese army and curses the so-called Islamic State group (IS) and all the Syrian people. Uklah is identified as a native of Deir al-Zour, an eastern province in Syria, mostly under IS control.
The men are also shown kicking Uklah as he lies on the ground, begging them to cease.
A voice note calling on Lebanese to “beat Syrians” was also shared on WhatsApp, according to journalist and blogger Kareem Chehayeb.
Lebanese Facebook user Charbel T Abou Zeid said the attack was a “reaction” while Kristel Aoun said “it’s a normal response to videos made by Syrians abroad cursing Lebanese”.
Source: BBC News