Mr. Raymond Edde -- leader of the Lebanese National Bloc Christian Maronite party and a?
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GV Edde in hospital bed reading newspaper (2 shots)
SV Women shaking hands with and kissing Edde and other friends greeting Edde (3 shots)
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Background: Mr. Raymond Edde -- leader of the Lebanese National Bloc Christian Maronite party and a defeated candidate in the country's presidential elections three weeks ago -- was recovering from a foot wound in a Beirut hospital on Wednesday (26 May) following at attempt on his life.
Mr. Edde was ambushed in his car at Nahr Ibrahim, a predominantly Christian village north of Beirut, on Tuesday.
Gunmen raked the car with bullets and Mr. Edde was shot in the foot. A number of his followers were also hit.
The 63-year-old lawyer has now survived two assassination attempts. On Sunday (23 May) Falangist militia fired rockets at him while he was addressing a rally in another northern town.
Officials at the American University Medical Centre in Beirut said the outspoken politician was comfortable and in good spirits following visits by his family and friends on Wednesday.
The feuding between rightist Christian groups in just another source of trouble for Beirut. It's believed Mr. Edde was no his way to a meeting with Falangist leader Pierre Gemayel when the second attack took place.
SYNOPSIS: The American University Medical Centre in Beirut where Lebanese National Bloc party leader Raymond Edde is recovering from a foot wound received during an attempt on his life.
The outspoken Christian Maronite leader's car was attacked by gunmen in a northern Lebanese village on Tuesday. It was the second assassination attempt on Mr. Edde this week. On Sunday Falangist militia shelled a meeting the 63-year-old lawyer was addressing in another northern town.
The assassination attempts mark the first rightist feuding in Beirut since civil war erupted in the Lebanon 13 months ago.
Hospital officials say Mr. Edde is comfortable and in good spirits following visits by his family and several friends. The shooting has delayed peace talks between the rival rightist factions. It's believed Mr. Edde was on his way to a meeting with Falangist leader Pierre Gemayel when the attempt on his life took place.