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Japanese ambassador finds bullet outside home one day after UNICEF calls for an end to celebratory gunfire

Japanese ambassador finds bullet outside home one day after UNICEF calls for an end to celebratory gunfire

A screenshot of the Japanese ambassador's tweet, where he found a stray bullet in his home's garden. (Credit: Takeshi Okubo's Twitter page)

BEIRUT – A stray bullet, presumably from celebratory gunfire following the announcement of parliamentary election results, was found in the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okubo’s garden Wednesday.

Here’s what we know:

    • “A Bullet in my garden. Maybe from the festivities. Danger in open spaces. Take care of yourselves!” Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okubo wrote in a tweet.

    • On Tuesday, UNICEF called for the end of celebratory gunfire, which has led to several injuries over the past week, injuring four children in Lebanon.

    • In the statement, UNICEF said, “so-called celebratory gunfire is a very dangerous tradition that needs to end.” It also urged community leaders and local authorities to keep children safe from the harm of and exposure to celebratory gunfire.

    • In 2016, Law No.71/2016 was passed, which criminalizes shooting firearms in the air, with punishments of six months to three years in prison, and 10 years of hard labor and a fine if someone is accidentally killed by a stray bullet.

    • According to Beirut-based research center Information International, between 2010 and 2021, stray bullets caused an average of seven deaths and 15 injuries a year.


BEIRUT – A stray bullet, presumably from celebratory gunfire following the announcement of parliamentary election results, was found in the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okubo’s garden Wednesday.Here’s what we know:    • “A Bullet in my garden. Maybe from the festivities. Danger in open spaces. Take care of yourselves!” Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okubo...