Red Cross Collecting Samples to ID Missing From Lebanon War

navy DNABEIRUT — Habib Wehbe disappeared in 1976, in the first year of Lebanon’s 15-year civil war. He was 25 years old, young and politically engaged — a contributing writer to the Lebanese Communist Party’s flagship newspaper and a secondary school teacher in the capital’s suburbs.
Forty years later and still missing, his bereaved sisters are now providing DNA samples to the International Committee for the Red Cross as part of an initiative that the organization hopes will encourage Lebanon’s government to solve thousands of disappearances dating back to the country’s civil war.