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“There is no shortage of people who disliked him for what he did,” Nerguizian said.

He also said that the immediate political fallout from al-Hassan’s killing appeared limited, probably because Lebanese leaders fear creating a political vacuum that could suck Syria’s violence into Lebanon.

“You can only do so many things before you trigger a cycle of violence that nobody wins and Lebanon ultimately loses,” he said.

Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed reporting from Beirut.