Lebanese footballer Mohamed Atwi dies of bullet wound

Beirut: A prominent Lebanese footballer has died of a bullet wound sustained last month during a funeral for one of the victims of the Beirut port blast, his club said Friday.

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Mohamed Atwi, 32, played as a midfielder for a number of Lebanese clubs and won the national league three times with Beirut’s Ansar, his club for almost a decade.

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“A sad day for sport… a great for Lebanese football,” Wael Chehayeb, an official with his latest club Al-Akhaa al-Ahly, posted on social media.

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Tributes poured in for the player, who was also capped three times for his country.

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Atwi was hit in the head by a bullet as he walked on a street in a Beirut neighbourhood last month.

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Initial reports suggested he was struck by a falling bullet fired in the air from a nearby procession mourning one of the firefighters killed in the August 4 port explosion.

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Atwi’s family however has demanded a full investigation into the circumstances of his death, over which no arrests have been made.

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Shooting in the air for celebrations and funerals is common in Lebanon despite recurring injuries from falling bullets.

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