Man (18) charged with murder of Syrian man in Belfast

 Hazem Ahmed Ghreir, who was in his 30s, was found with stab wounds at Downshire Place, near the city centre, shortly after 10.45pm.

AN 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of stabbing victim Hazem Ahmed Ghreir.

Mr Ghreir, who was in his thirties, was found at Downshire Place, near Belfast city centre, shortly after 10.45pm on Sunday.

He died in the Royal Victoria Hospital a short time later.

Police have said they do not believe there was a racial motive behind the murder.

Mr Ghreir was from Syria but had been living in the Carrickfergus area.

The 18-year-old man is to appear in court in Belfast on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney, who is leading the investigation, asked anyone who has any footage captured from the incident or the area to get in touch.

"At this stage of the investigation we do not believe race was an issue and we are not treating this matter as a hate crime," he said.

He said police are keen to speak to a man and his partner who helped Mr Ghreir following the attack.

It is understood the area has been plagued with drugs and anti-social behaviour in recent times.

Paula Bradshaw of the Alliance Party said: "I offer my sincere condolences to the loved ones of the man who died.

"This was a shocking event - violence has no place in our society and I would urge anyone who was in the area to contact the police with information immediately."

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