First victim in current Lebanon political confrontation
One young man was killed and three other people were injured Sunday in two separate street clashes in Beirut between opposition and government supporters, as army troops and security forces were swiftly beefed up to prevent further escalation.
Security sources identified the victim as Ali Ahmed Mahmoud, a 20-year-old Shiite, who died of his wounds. According to AFP, they said four other people were injured in the clashes which took place in the Tarik Jedideh neighborhood and on the Badaro-Qasqas highway.
Shiite supporters from the southern suburbs trying to infiltrate into Tarik Jedideh, a low-income predominantly Sunni quarter, clashed with pro-government supporters with stones, sticks and knives, witnesses told Naharnet. The confrontation lasted about 45 minutes before army troops and police patrols stepped in to disengage the opponents.
Another fight was reported on the Badaro-Qasqas highway between followers of Hizbullah and Amal and others from the Lebanese Forces, the Christian faction led by Samir Geagea.