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Gunbattle Near U.S. Marine Hassoun's Lebanon Home
Thu Jul 8, 2004 03:27 PM ET

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - A gunbattle erupted Thursday near the family home of a Lebanese-born U.S. Marine who had been missing in Iraq, killing at least two people and wounding several others, witnesses said.

Relatives of Wassef Ali Hassoun, who arrived at the U.S. embassy in Beirut Thursday, traded fire with another family who taunted them by referring to the Marine and his family as U.S. agents, said the witnesses.

The gunbattle occurred in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Hassoun, 24, had been missing from his unit since June 21, and at one point was reported on an Internet site to have been killed by militants holding him hostage.

U.S. officials said Hassoun had been picked up in Beirut after making contact and was safe at the embassy. They gave few details.

The northern Lebanon area where Hassoun's family lives is a stronghold of deeply religious Sunni Muslims with strong clan ties. Blood feuds among rival families are not uncommon.

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