Qatar funds education for children of radical anti-Hezbollah cleric’s supporters: report

Qatar has reportedly tasked al-Jamaa al-Islamiya with spending an Emiri grant to fund the education of the children of Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir’s supporters.

Al-Akhbar newspaper said on Thursday that instructions have been given to al-Jamaa al-Islamiya to register the children of al-Asir’s supporters, who are either detained or on the run, at al-Iman high school in the southern city of Sidon.

A committee of sheikhs and Islamic officials in Sidon have been in contact with the wives and families of al-Asir’s backers to bring their children to the high school to register them for free for the 2015-2016 academic year, al-Akhbar added.

The armed supporters of al-Asir, a firebrand anti-Hezbollah cleric, clashed with the Lebanese army in Abra, which is a suburb of Sidon, in June 2013 after they opened fire on a military checkpoint.