Sheik Maher Hammoud narrowly escaped an assassination attempt early Monday, they say. He was walking from his home in the port city of Sidon the al-Quds Mosque where he preaches when unknown assailants in a moving car opened fire. He was unhurt in the shooting, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Hammoud is a longtime supporter of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group and Sidon is a majority Sunni Muslim city.
Lebanese factions support opposing sides in the civil war in neighbouring Syria and have often clashed inside Lebanon.