Lebanon: Gunmen attack hospital 'over body hair'

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A hospital patient in Lebanon called for members of his clan to open fire on the building, because a doctor wanted to shave his body hair, it's been reported.

The man, thought to be a member of the Zeaiter clan, was due to undergo a kidney operation in the town of Baalbek, eastern Lebanon. But he objected to the surgeon's plans to remove his stomach hair as part of the preparations, The Daily Star website reports. "The situation quickly escalated as the patient, concerned that his masculinity was at stake, dialled his friends," the website says, citing an unnamed source. Those "friends" responded by rolling up in a 4x4 car and opening fire on the hospital, the report says. There were no reported casualties.

Baalbek is no stranger to violence, being home to both the Zeaiter clan and its long-term rivals, the Jaafar family. Earlier this month the town saw heavy fighting between the two groups, who used rocket-propelled grenades and heavy artillery during one battle, leaving five people injured, according to The Daily Star.

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